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The goal of this course is to explore the aesthetic and practical foundations which motivated the visual arts in diverse periods and cultures in western civilization from the 1300s to around 2000. In doing this, we shall examine the scope and development of architecture, sculpture and painting, and the other arts throughout the world since c. 1400.



Format of Tests 

 The tests will consist of ten slide identifications chosen from the pertinent illustrations, and two short answers chosen from five possible topics. They will be available for four days, from Sunday through Wednesday.  Each test is allocated 35 minutes. Students must log in and complete the test within thirty five minutes after logging onto the test link. If you don’t finish in this time you lose the points for the questions you have not completed I suggest that you complete the test first without consulting your course materials, and then start checking stuff you are unsure about. If there is a power outage or a family emergency during a quiz you can contact me, explain clearly why you

couldn’t complete the test, and we will make arrangements for a makeup. Obviously tests are open book, and will be graded according to the assumption that you can look up the answers. If you take a quiz without studying the material you probably won’t do very well. In a half an hour there won’t be time to look the topic up unless you are familiar with the material and where it is presented in the various course materials. Since I provide reviews for the quizzes, it should be relatively easy to prepare a “crib sheet” covering each item that may be on the test.

  On the slide identifications students are required only to know works of art which are illustrated in the pertinent posted review, while the short answer topics are taken from the pertinent posted “handout.”

 On the slide identifications you will be asked to identify the title of the work of art or architecture, when it was made (that is a numeral date, i.e. c. 550 BCE), and the period that made it. The title is worth one point , the date and period are each worth 0.5 points, for a total of two points. Titles are not graded on spelling, and dates don’t have to be exact, but fairly close To give an example, if you date the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling to c. 1500, rather than 1511, you are correct. If you date the ceiling “16thcentury,” you don’t get the points.

 Since the whole slide id is worth four points, you need to provide me with more information about the work of art than what I have listed above. So the final two points are your account of why this work of art is important (if you don’t remember, then tell me something about the qualities of the object as art). For each slide id you have two minutes to give me the information. Each short answer should be several sentences long and include a date and cultural information (i.e. Impressionist art is about 1870-1880 and shows French middle-class values) as well as information about why it is important (in Impressionism’s case for its abstracting of color). You should plan to spend five minutes on each short answer.

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