â?¢The Metropolitan Museum of Art
â?¢The Louvre Museum
â?¢The Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery
See the Course Materials List for access to these sites. From the gallery Web sites listed above, select two works of art from any ancient culture.
2. Using the terminology and concepts you are learning for evaluating art, compare and contrast the two works including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues.
What is the FORM of the work?
â?¢Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?
â?¢What materials are used?
â?¢What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork?
â?¢What colors are used?
â?¢Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.
Does the work of art have SUBJECT MATTER?
â?¢If so, what is literally depicted?
â?¢Is the work of art REPRESENTATIONAL, ABSTRACT, or NONOBJECTIVE?
What is the CONTENT?
â?¢What does it mean or represent?
â?¢What is the artist's message?
â?¢Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?
â?¢What is the context of the artwork?
â?¢What is the function of the artwork?
â?¢What traditional role of the artist is exemplified?
3. Explain how the works of art fit into the context of the time period. Keep in mind that only artworks that fit into the period of Ancient Art (created between 30,000 BCE- 500 CE) will be accepted.
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As you compare and contrast the two works, including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues, I like this piece called "Standing female figure with clasped hands" from the Early Dynastic IIIA, ca. 2600-2500 B.C. It is located at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/62.70.2
In terms of its form, I see its materials used as including limestone, shell, and lapis lazuli. Its white color seems to show its purity as well as the one blue eye to give an air of mystery or even surveillance as if watching ...
Examples of ancient art are briefly compared and referenced.