ARTH 111 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I
Review for Mid-term Exam
The Exam Format:
This exam covers Chapters 1-3 and 5-6 of Stokstad’s Art History: A View of the West
. You will be responsible for all of the material
covered in class that also appears in your book. For images specifically: only those images that are in your book will appear on the exam
(meaning not those images that I might have added to my presentation for clarification).
The first section will consist of 2 slides that I will show one after another, each of which you must identify and make a
statement about its importance.
You must provide 1) the title or name of the monument and the original location (for a detail type [such as
pediment sculpture, Parthenon, Athens], both the detail and the monument from which it comes); 2) the culture and general date of the work
(as in ‘Archaic Greece, c. 600-480 BCE’) (within 100 years).
You must designate BCE or CE.
Then, 3) you must write one or two
sentences describing the significance of the work for its culture and for art history.
In other words, what important thing does it tell us
about the art and/or architecture of its time, culture, and place?
(Ex.: “This painting of a bull is significant in ancient Mycenaean culture
because it demonstrates the lively and colorful nature of their painting style. Its original location in a temple shows their respect and
reverence for bulls, connected to the gods, and their important role as beasts of burden in their society.”) You will have 4 minutes for each
slide for 8 minutes for this section. = 32 Points: 1.) 2 pts. x 2: Name or type of Monument and location; 2.) 2 pts. x 2: Date and Culture; 3.)
12 pts. x 2: Essay
Compare and contrast.
The middle section of the exam will consist of a comparison of two slides from two cultures that bring out a main
theme in this course, such as art for the use of the state, for propaganda, for religious purposes, for decorative purposes, for burial, etc.
must answer 1) title/original location and 2) culture/date (as for the previous identification section) for each, and then you must compare
and contrast (state the similarities and differences) between the two works.
What do they have in common (material/medium, form, subject
matter, purpose, composition)?
What is different?
What does that similarity or difference say about each culture and its interests and goals
in life and/or death?
You must write this essay as clearly as possible in one distinct paragraph. To start, jot down a list of the similarities
and then the differences between the two artworks on the back of your page – this will help you to have a better organized essay and will be
easier for me to see what you are saying!
1) Begin your paragraph with an introductory sentence by briefly describing each detail shown and stating what you think the main