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Ancient Art: Art Appreciation

Visit the following websites and explore the collections of Ancient Art there:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: www.metmuseum.org
The Louvre Museum: http://www.louvre.fr/
The Smithsonian Institution: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: http://www.asia.si.edu/

From the websites above, select two works of art from any ancient culture (dated 30,000 BCE through 500 CE). Using the terminology and concepts you are learning when evaluating art, compare and contrast the two works including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues. Explain how the works of art fit into the context of the time period. Keep in mind that only art works that fit into the period of Ancient Art will be accepted.

Use this website to help you write a comparative essay of the two works you selected: http://encarta.msn.com/sidebar_701509749/Compare_and_Contrast_Essay.html

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Basin from China, this is dated 8000 - 2000 B.C.
Materials Used: Is earthen ware with painted decoration and its diameter is 27.9 cm. .
Style: This bowl has been created in a noticeably Chinese custom. This is painted pottery found in the Yellow River basin. The pottery was formed by heaping coils of clay into the desired shape and then smoothing the surfaces with paddles and scrapers. There is also proof that the brush was used for early compositions.
Meaning: This indicates that there is a development of established communities that relied on rural and domesticated animals instead of gathering and following..
Symbolism: This is the surviving evidence of the Chinese artistic tradition that can be traced to the middle of Neolithic period around 4000 B.C. This piece of pottery represents the a culture that emerged in the northwest and is classified ...

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This solution talks about collections of ancient art. Two pieces of art are compared and contrasted.