(Revised) Test One Study Guide -- Art 2313
Study Guide Test One: Chapters 1-4
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Introduction: Have a general understanding of what concepts make up the critical
process and how they are applied. Know terms relating to how we define art: Formalism
(structure), Instrumentalism (narrative), Mimeticism/Naturalism ("truthful" in
appearance), Expressionism (emotion)
Chapter One: The Ancient World
Terms/Concepts: Early humans our peers, sympathetic magic (symbolic control of the
environment), "Fertility figures", realism in terms of optical reality (naturalism) vs.
abstraction, development of two-dimensional art. Painting: 3-D Modeling of figures, lack
Post and Lintel construction.)
Terms/Concepts: Birth of civilization: Permanent settlements, specialization of labor,
Cuneiform, Epic of Gilgamesh, organized religion, theocratic society, polytheism, social
hierarchy, mathematics (60 minutes.
.), wheel (and potter’s wheel), and lets not forget
beer! In art: Conventionalization (proper manner over realism), scale and hierarchy (as it
relates to social hierarchy): ziggurat (raised temple platform.
.) and Tell Asmar figures.
Function and characteristics of art seen in class: Sumerian votive figures, Babylonian
Stele of Hammurabi (code of--know importance.).
Terms/Concepts: Hieroglyphics Geography, climate and culture. Stability and how it
relates to the Old and New kingdoms. Upper and Lower Egypt. Religion, art and
architecture , Ka. Know relevance of myth pertaining to Isis, Osiris, Seth, and Horus.
Architecture: Imhotep (1
known architect, responsible for turning impermanent
into stone. Religious function of Piramids, variations across time (the mastaba, Old
Kingdom pyramids, New Kingdom pylons & large temple complexes. Temple structure: Post and
lintel; Rosetta stone. Akhenaten, Nefertiti and the Amarna period. Aten (god of sun disk).
Be able to recognize New Kingdom Amarna style and feeling (casual, spontaneous,
conveys emotion and genuine affection.).