Weeks 8 + 9 + 10 + 11

WEEK 8 –  Art and Religion
Please complete all reading + all parts of the assignment by Thursday 3/26

Part 1 – Early Christian Art

  1. Introduction to the Middle Ages (3 pages)
  2. Early Christianity: An Introduction (3 pages)
  3. Standard Scenes from the Life of Christ (5 pages)
  4. A New Pictorial Language: The Image in Early Medieval Art (3 pages)
  5. Catacomb of Priscilla (11 minutes)
  6. Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus (4 minutes)
  7. Story of Jacob and Rebecca (8 minutes)
  8. Golden Haggadah (6 pages)
  9. Iconoclastic Controversies (3 pages)
  10. Hagia Sophia (11 minutes)

PART 2 – Art of the Islamic World

  1. Islam, an introduction (3 pages)
  2. Arts of the Islamic World (4 pages)
  3. Introduction to mosque architecture (4 pages)
  4. Kaaba (3 pages)
  5. Dome of the Rock (4 pages)
  6. Great Mosque of Cordoba (3 pages)
  7. Mihrab (niche) (6 minutes)
  8. The Ardabil Carpet (5 pages)
  9. Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, Women of Allah Series (3 pages)


Imagine that you have been hired to lead a tour of either the Medieval Art or the Islamic Art Galleries at the MET Museum. Your goal is to teach the tour group about the range of artistic forms and media employed in either Medieval Art or Art of the Islamic World. Choose 3 objects from the galleries to include in your tour.

Next, please create a slide and add it to the class slideshow HERE

ON THE SLIDE – write your NAME and:

  1. Describe the nature of the group you are leading (your classmates, elementary schoolchildren, tourists from Dubai, art historians, or whatever other type of group of people you can think of);
  2. Post images of your 3 chosen objects from the galleries at the MET and properly Identify all objects
  3. Describe why you think that your particular group would be interested in each of the objects; and
  4. Describe how you think that these objects will teach the tour group about the range of artistic forms and media employed in either Early Christian Art or Arts of the Islamic World.
  5. Comment on two entries by your classmates.

To comment on a classmate’s entry (you must comment on 2!) type into the notes underneath that entry and sign your name. When writing comments for this assignment you might want to suggest alternate objects from the galleries that would better fulfill their goals or interest the group they describe.

Since this is a new assignment and due to COVID-19, your first writing assignment, it will be graded generously.

WEEK 9 – Art of the Renaissance
Please complete all reading + all parts of the assignment by Saturday 4/4, 12 PM

Part 1 – Late Gothic and Early Renaissance

  1. Florence in the Late Gothic, an introduction (6 pages)
  2. Cimabue, Maesta of Santa Trinita (8 minutes)
  3. Giotto, Ognissanti Madonna (4 minutes)
  4. Giotto, Arena Chapel (5 minutes)
  5. Siena in the Late Gothic (6 pages)
  6. Duccio, Maesta (6 minutes)
  7. Florence in the Early Renaissance (2 pages)
  8. Linear perspective: Brunelleschi’s experiment (4 minutes)
  9. How Linear Perspective Works and Linear Perspective Interactive (12 minutes)
  10. Masaccio, Holy Trinity (9 minutes)
  11. Botticelli, Birth of Venus (4 minutes)
  12. Mantegna, Camera degli Sposi (6 minutes)
  13. Titian, Venus of Urbino (4 minutes)

In a 250-word essay, demonstrate your understanding of linear perspective and why the Italian artists used this method of organizing their two-dimensional works of art. Make sure you refer to the assigned readings and videos.

What is linear perspective? Why was it introduced and for what was it utilized? How and why did linear perspective develop?

Please make sure to use paragraph form and elaborate on your answers creating informative and readable paragraphs. Make sure you include some observations from the readings.

Submit Week 9 Part 1 Assignment below

Part 2 – The High Renaissance in Italy and Mannerism

  1. Introduction to the High Renaissance (4 minutes)
  2. How to recognize Italian Renaissance Art (10 minutes)
  3. Introduction to Michelangelo (2 pages)
  4. Michelangelo, David (6 minutes)
  5. Contrapposto (10 minutes)
  6. Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel Ceiling (7 minutes)
  7. Raphael, School of Athens (10 minutes)
  8. Introduction to Mannerism (2 pages)
  9. Parmigianino, Madonna with the Long Neck (5 minutes)

In 250 words, how did the painters and sculptors of the Renaissance draw inspiration from Greek and Roman sculptures? How was the Classical past instrumental in the development of Renaissance art and architecture?

Please submit assignments as .docs or Google Docs – 1 inch margins; 12 point in Times New Roman; Double Spaced; should be one full page; Title with your Name and  Week 9. Make sure to designate Part 1 and Part 2 of the assignment. Please submit the two assignments in 1 document.
Name your document “YOUR LAST NAME – WEEK 9”

Submit WEEK 9 Part 1 and Part 2 ASSIGNMENT HERE

WEEK 10 – Review Assignment

REVIEW ASSIGNMENT DUE 4/07/20 – click link for the form

1) Choose 3 objects (from lectures 4 and 5) to explain the development of the Contrapposto Pose. Support your claims with formal evidence from each sculpture.

2) How have funerary monuments (memorials, tombstones, and etc.) changed in contemporary times from the examples we see in global ancient art? How are they similar or different? What do these monuments say about our culture and our identities? (Cite at least 3 examples/objects from lecture. Make sure to use proper titles and cultures)

3) Why are the Parthenon Marbles so controversial? Make a case for either keeping the them at the British Museum or returning them to Greece. Support argument claims with evidence discussed in class.

This assignment is in lieu of Quiz #2.

It is open book (meaning: you may use your lecture notes, the lectures in the Google Drive and the readings from the blog). You must answer all 3 questions. I am asking you, on your honor, not to search the internet. This is, of course, an honor code. Also, please do the work by yourself. Do not communicate with other students. Thank you.

This assignment is ***DUE TUESDAY APRIL 7 at 11:59 PM****

Type the answers to your questions on one document. Answers should be approximately 250 words each or 1-2 paragraphs.

Use paragraph form and elaborate on your answers creating informative and readable paragraphs. Title all artworks correctly and indicate the periods or cultures from where they originate, when necessary.

WEEK 11 – Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism
Please complete all reading + all parts of the assignment by Saturday 4/18 at 3 PM

Part 1 – Baroque Art

  1. Introduction to Baroque Art (5 minutes)
  2. Bernini, David (5 minutes)
  3. Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Theresa (7 minutes)
  4. Caravaggio, The Calling of St. Matthew (5 minutes)
  5. Gentileschi, Judith and Holofernes (4 minutes)
  6. Rembrandt, Night Watch (6 minutes)
  7. Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (3 minutes)
  8. Velázquez, Las Meninas (6 minutes)

After familiarizing yourself with Baroque Art, please retitle the Baroque Period with a different name. Consider the impact of using a word with some negative associations (“baroque” as a term deriving from a Portuguese word for an irregular pearl) and see how a new name captures the visual characteristics and themes of the art.

You must craft of a convincing new name and in 150-250 words demonstrate why it is a convincing name with knowledge of the period style. Use examples from the readings (specific artworks and their visual characteristics) to support your claim.

Part 2  – Rococo and Neo-Classicism

  1. Introduction to Rococo (2 pages)
  2. Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythera (5 minutes
  3. Fragonard, The Swing (3 minutes)
  4. **Shonibare, The Swing (After Fragonard) (2 pages)
  5. Introduction to Neo-Classicism (2 pages)
  6. David, Oath of the Horatii (6 minutes)
  7. David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps (3 pages)
  8. **Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands (NY Times Article)

How are artists Kehinde Wiley and Yinke Shonibare rewriting history with their works (above, #6 and #8)? Choose one to discuss in depth: Why do you think Shonibare chose a Rococo work to inspire his 2001 painting OR why do you think Wiley chose a Neoclassical work to inspire his 2005 painting?

In 250 words, please support your argument with evidence from the readings.

Submit WEEK 11 Part 1 and Part 2 ASSIGNMENT HERE