Joshua MacAnespie Art History Course Project

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Art History and Appreciation
Project

Name Joshua MacAnespie
Date 4-17-2015

Objective
In this project, you will create and deliver a presentation to demonstrate an understanding of how works of art reflect the culture, politics, religion, and artistic movements of the times in which the artists created them.

Links
Virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum
http://redirect.platoweb.com/337736

Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
http://redirect.platoweb.com/337737

creating and delivering a presentation
http://redirect.platoweb.com/337484

Introduction

You will review two artists from different historical periods. Using your understanding of the works of art, the artists who created them, and the periods in which the artists created the artworks, you will formulate your opinions and then create and deliver a presentation.

The Task
In this project, you will create and deliver a presentation that answers this question: Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Diego Rivera’s murals reflect various aspects of the times in which the artists lived and worked. How do the works of these two artists express the culture, politics, religion, and artistic movements of their time?

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The Process

Reflection
Think about the different historical periods that you have studied during this art history and appreciation course. Consider the following questions:

How do artists use their media, tools, and creativity to express the period in which they live and work?

How do political events such as war, peace, and changes in political power affect the art of the time?

How do cultural and religious beliefs shape the artistic expression of the time?

How do advances in technology affect the artistic expression of the time?

Step 1
Go to the Virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum and explore the murals of Diego Rivera. Note how various murals by Rivera express the artistic style and the historical, political, cultural, and religious influences of the time. Formulate your thoughts and opinions and note specific images that represent your ideas.

Step 2
Go to Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo and explore the works of art. Note how Michelangelo’s work expresses the artistic style and the historical, political, cultural, and religious influences of the time. Formulate your thoughts and opinions and note specific images that represent your ideas.

Step 3
Develop an outline for your presentation:

Title your presentation (include your name as the presenter and the date of the presentation).

Clearly define the historical time in which each artist worked.

Clearly define and contrast the political influences on each artist and his works.

Clearly define and contrast the cultural and religious influences on each artist.

Clearly define and contrast the artists’ artistic styles, including their use of media.

Summarize your points in the conclusion.

Step 4
Create your presentation. It should be approximately 20 minutes long. If you use slides as a visual for your presentation, include about 15 to 20 slides. Allot your time as follows:

Introduction: about 2 minutes (1 to 2 slides)

Defining the historical period of Michelangelo: about 2 minutes (1 to 2 slides)

Defining the historical period of Diego Rivera: about 2 minutes (1 to 2 slides)

Comparing and contrasting the political influences on the artists: about 4 minutes (3 to 4 slides)

Comparing and contrasting the cultural and religious influences on the artists: about 4 minutes (3 to 4 slides)

Comparing and contrasting the artistic styles of the...
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