Though some of these works show people and cultures in crisis, they also show us the power of the arts to get us through. As artists interpret our times, they help us come to terms with and understand what is happening around us, while giving future generations a window into our experiences. Now is a great time to take comfort in the arts, whether they represent good times or darker days, and remember that humanity has faced catastrophe before, and made it through.
As the world seems to shift and change around us in new and frightening ways every day, many of us seek solace in the arts. From great music to television, movies, and the fine arts, art can be a distraction and balm in troubled times.
Throughout history, cultures and artists have faced upheavals and catastrophes and reflected them through their work. Here we look at seven great works of art created in uncertain times.