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Signs of Leadership in the West and Africa.

In the Western world, as one moves up the corporate ladder and assumes more and more the role of the executive or the one in charge, that person either purchases or is given certain "trappings" that show others he/she is the leader. Explain what several of these signs of leadership would be in the Western corporate world. Then d

Art to Create Order

Humans generate and use art to create order, explain, and in some cases control their lives in a chaotic world. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? Cite and describe at least three pieces of art or architecture you read about or saw this week that support your position.

The Romantic Era and Our World Today

Some people claim that the Romantic era never came to an end. In this discussion, therefore, consider how the Romantic era compares with the historical, cultural, and social conditions that exist today. Discuss one type of literature, art, or music that we favor today and compare and contrast it with an artist and work from the

Relationships between Cubism and Dadaism

Using two art periods (Cubism and Dadaism), describe the period, characteristics, and conditions that assisted in the development of the art style. Identify any relationship that the two art periods have, as well as any similarities or differences. Did the second art period follow any traditions from the earlier one? Iden

Enlightenment: New Ideas

Imagine you are a philosopher attending a salon during the early Enlightenment in Great Britain or one of the famous Salons of the Enlightenment in France. Consider what is being discussed in the salon in terms of education, politics, religion, and philosophy. Identify an idea or topic that excites you from this period. Describe

Impact of Photography on the 19th Century Landscape

Problem: Assess the impact of photography on the 19th century political and social landscape. How did it affect paintings? Use one example from Gardner's Art through the Ages and one from the Internet. Compare Manet's Olympia to Millais's Ophelia. Discuss how each work represents the artist and his period. Use one example

Tintoretto's The Last Supper vs Leonardo's Last Supper

Contrast Tintoretto's The Last Supper with Leonardo's Last Supper. In your post, include the differences in media as well as thematic substance. Use one example from Gardner's Art through the Ages and one from the Internet.

Art that Reflects Skill and Vision of Two Artists

Compare Raphael's School of Athens to Veronese's Christ in the House of Levi. Explain how each artist reflected the political and social environment of Rome and Venice during the Renaissance period. Use one example from Gardner's Art through the Ages and one from the Internet.

Change in Western art over time

Finally, considering the whole period of western art studied in this course, what is the pattern of change that seems most significant to you?

Time traveling Historian

I was wondering if you can help me get started with an introduction on my humanities paper. It goes as follows: You are a world-renowned art historian and author with the ability to time travel to any period of history. For your new book, you travel to three periods of your choice to gain a firsthand account of the culture and

The Italo-Byzantine Sense

Discuss how the Italo-Byzantine sense can be seen as an evident in Berlinghieri's St. Francis Altarpiece. Provide at least two scholarly resources other than Gardner's Art through the Ages in support of you position. Your initial post should be at least 150 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required mate

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago

1 Who actually made "The Dinner Party" (1979) Plate 12.10 Judy Chicago? 2) What is the dinner party installation? 3) How did the materials and images used in "The Dinner Party" pertain to women's art history? 4) What specific characteristics of "The Dinner Party" allows it to be identified as a postmodern work or art?

Comparison Between Ameson's "California Artist"

1) How would I compare Robert Ameson's "California Artist " (1982) and Donald Judd's "Untitled" (1969) with regard to technique, composition, subject matter? 2) What is the artistic meaning or purpose of each sculpture? 3) Which could be considered a postmodern work of art and why?

Florence reflects the ideals of the dominant city-state

Explain how Florence reflects the ideals of the dominant city-state and how some of the geographical, economical, social, and artistic forces shape this ideal. Use one example from Gardner's Art through the Ages and one example from the Internet.

Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"

An informal analysis of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" is given. This solution describes its "observable properties of matter." . This piece is then discussed in terms of historical research. Tell us what the painting means, why Picasso made the artistic choices he did, and the scholarly/critical reception it had. You may discuss

Treasury of Siphnians

The Treasury of the Siphnians has a unique porch. The typical supporting columns have been replaced with female figural supports, caryatids. These support elements were repeated later in the Erechtheion at the Acropolis. How did the architect-sculptor accommodate the role of architectural support with the role of figural sculptu

Hypothetical Questions Regarding The Venus of Willendorf

Choose your favorite art work. Imagine that you have being transported back in time to the era of your favorite, painter, sculptor or architect who is in the process of creating your favorite work. You luck out and are able to meet him or her in the workshop where he or she is working on that piece. This is your chance to see

Early Minoan Jewelry

I am writing a paper about Early Minoan jewelry, with specific focus on their hair ornaments and require help coming up with an outline. I'm thinking of writing about a the Bronze Age and how the techniques change or become more develped over this period. Focus on gold, jewelry, refined jewelry making. Bronze Age. Why is the br

Picasso's Statement

When Picasso said "I paint forms as I think them not as I see them", what did he mean? Could you also give me a couple of examples as to how his ideas of art differed from those held by Renaissance artists?

Napolean and Significance in European History

Who is Napoleon and why is he significant in European history? Explain one way Napoleon influenced art and culture and give an example of art that illustrates the explanation. What was Napolean's relationship to Jacques-Louis David?

Sculpture of Khafre and Akhenaton

How do the sculpture of Khafre enthroned and the sculpture of Akhenaton from the temple of Aton reflect the political and religious climates of their times?

Why did neolithic human populations need to create urban centers? How did these centers develop? This solution compares and contrasts the cities of Jericho and Catal Hoyuk in the discussion.

This solution covers the concept of neolithic urban development. It describes the differences between the neolithic cities of Jericho and Catal Hoyuk as urban centers and addresses ideas regarding population growth and its role as a contributing factor in both the need for and the design of urban centers such as these. While hu

Various hypotheses have been raised to explain the purpose or function of nude female figures in Paleolithic Art. What ideas have been researched and what impact did gender issues play in the interpretation of findings in terms of meaning?

When one mentions the nude in Paleolithic art, the most commonly pictured example is the so-called "Venus of Willendorf." While this figurine is the most famous, it is only one of many such representations. Before an explanation of the purpose and function of these images is begun, it is important to note that many of the earl

Chauvet Cave Paintings

What assumption has been nullified by the Chauvet cave paintings? These paintings tell stories of early human experience. They prove that people used paintings to show what their lives were like at the time.