You will write a comparative analysis of two works of art of your choice selected from the Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art viewed on the museum website. The two artworks chosen should united by a theme and should fall within the dates and cultures covered in this course (25,000 BCE to 1300 CE; Prehistoric, Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Byzantine, Christian, Medieval, Romanesque, or Gothic). The two art works should also be from two different cultures to provide a nice contrast.
You will discuss the works in light of ONE of the following topics or from a topic of your own design
Power, Politics, and Glory (includes political and military leaders, war scenes, or art about peace)
Everyday Objects (includes objects with a utilitarian function)
Social Constructions of Gender (which can include art depicting couples, sex and sexuality, fertility, and offspring)
The Body (includes portraits, self-portraits, sickness and death)
Class (includes art that depicts luxuries of the ruling class, workers at work, the plight of the poor)
Icons (includes religious works that were thought to hold spiritual power for worshippers)
Two artworks must be from the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art selected from the website and must be from two different cultural periods that we will have studied (dates should range from 25,000 BCE to 1300 CE). A list of recommended works is located in this module. You must identify the 2 works of art by artist, title, date, and medium within your paper.
Papers should include a full bibliography with photographs of the two selected art works at the end of the paper. Photographs should be labeled by artist, title, year, medium, and location. If you do not include the photographs of your selected art works, paper will be marked down -10.