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Compare and contrast two sculptures which portray the human figure. One must be from either the Renaissance or Baroque period. Select the other sculpture of the human figure from any of the earlier cultures that we have studied so far, from Prehistoric to the Medieval periods. What role did the human figure play in the art work and culture of each era? Include how these aspects are supported by specific formal or thematic aspects of each work.

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Discussion of the similarities and differences between the Renaissance statue of David, by Michelangelo, and the pre-historic statuette of the Venus of Willendorf.

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The two sculpture I would like to compare and contrast are these two : Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture of David, viewable at this Web site - http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/micheldavid/david.html

marble, 13' 5" H
1501-4 - Florence, Italy

And a prehistoric statuette called the Venus of Willendorf, viewable at this Web site:

Venus of Willendorf
c. 24,000-22,000 BCE
Oolitic limestone
43/8 inches (11.1 cm) high
(Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna)

What role did the human figure play in the art work and culture of each era? The human figure in the Renaissance was important, ...

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