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Art History I Barnet: Asking Questions Christine Tate, Ph.D . The questions below are adapted from A Short Guide to Writing About Art. Ask yourself these questions about the works that we study. They will guide you as you gather information about them, and the answers will be the basis of your descriptions and comparisons on quizzes and exams: What is the intended purpose of the work? What other functions does/did it serve? For whom was it made? Under what circumstances? By whom was it made? Is it the work of one artist or part of a collaborative effort? In what medium/material was it made? By what technique(s)? What did/does it mean? Has its meaning changed over time? What earlier work influenced it? What subsequent work did it influence? What does it convey about the culture and time in which it was made? What is specifically Mesopotamian/Persian/Egyptian/Greek/Roman/etc. about it?
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Unformatted text preview: What is distinctive, unusual, or different (if anything) about it? Where was/is it located? Why was/is it there? How and by whom was it accessed? If it is architectural, are there differences between exterior and interior? What does the pose/layout/design/composition convey? If it is sculpture, is it additive or subtractive, relief or in the round? Does it have a base and/or inscriptions? Why? Is it symmetrical? Frontal? From what position was it seen? Is it a portrait? If so, is it just a portrait? If it includes figures, how are they represented? How are they draped? Why? What of the color(s), surface textures(s), masses and volumes? Is it monumental in scale or effect? Does it appear to be static or dynamic? Is it realistic, naturalistic, stylized, or abstract? Is it idealized and/or expressionistic? Why is it significant?...
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