Monday, June 23, 2014

Tuesday, June 24th

Bidgusattva Oadnaoabumi,
Cave 1, Ajanta, India.
Cave painting,
second half of 5th century
Gateways to Art, Understanding the Visual Arts
History and Context, Part 3

Tuesday, June 24th, pages 335-374

  • Indian Art
  • Art of Japan
  • Art of the Americas
  • Pacific Island Art

By Thursday, June 26th, please email me at or provide a written answer to question #4 on the mid-term test:

Write a comprehensive analysis using modes of art analysis detailed on pages 154-163 of the art piece you presented in class for the mid-term. Value: 25 points on mid-term test.

Modes of Analysis
Consider whether one or more of the following ways of analyzing an artwork can be applied to the subject of your art piece:

Content: Does the work clearly depict objects or people as we would recognize them in the world around us (is it representational)? Alternatively, is its subject matter completely unrecognizable (is it non-objective)? To what degree has the artist simplified, emphasized, or distorted aspects of forms in the work (or abstracted it)?

Iconographic analysis: Are there things in the work that you can interpret as signs or symbols? For example, is there anything that suggests a religious meaning, or indicates the social status of somebody depicted in the work? Labels often provide good information about iconography.

Biographical analysis: Would information about the life of the artist help you to interpret the work? Again, labels are often a good source of biographical detail. In some museums volunteer docents are available to answer questions about an artist’s life and works.

Feminist analysis: Is the role of women in the artwork important? Is the artist commenting on the experience of women in society? Is the artist a woman?

Contextual analysis: Would you understand the work better if you knew something about the history of the era in which it was created, or about religious, political, economic, and social issues that influenced its creation?

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