With Special Guest Indra Lacis, Director of Exhibitions, Richmond Center for Visual Art
Above: Left: Byzantine icon called the Theotokos of Vladimir, depicting the Virgin Mary, and Jesus. Dates from approximately 1130 CE, in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul, Turkey) Right: Andy Warhol's work, Gold Marilyn Monroe, 1962. Warhol pasted a crude print made from a photograph of Marilyn Monroe in a field of gold paint.
Above, left to right: Aphrodite, or Venus, Greek, about 100 BCE; Virgin and Child, Medieval, about 1150 CE; The Madonna in the Meadow, Raphael, 1505 (Renaissance).
In class today, Professor Solomon surveyed Western art history from the Paleolithic to the current time. Special emphasis was placed on how it is that art changes in response to changes in culture. It's also true that art influences cultural change.
Questions to consider:
1. What slides of art did you especially enjoy, and very specifically -- why?
2. If you have one -- what kind of art is a favorite of yours and why? Examples might include, Greek or Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist, Cubist, Surrealist, Abstract, or Contemporary. Give examples with specific artists and names of works of art.
3. What ideas or themes have stuck with you from either Indra Lacis' presentation, or what Professor Solomon presented prior to that? Be as specific as possible.
4. Above are three works of art that span a period of about 1,600 years -- one is Greek, the next from the Christian Medieval period, and the third a Renaissance painting. Tell us why the three works of art look so different from one another. Be certain to explain how values and beliefs in each time period influenced the works of art.
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