Art 1 Midterm Study Guide Spring 2016 Instructor Drew Burgess College of Alameda

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Art 1 Midterm Study Guide Spring 2016 Instructor Drew Burgess

College of Alameda

Read the textbook, Art a Brief History. Study the thematic sections we have created in class and know the importance of the following concepts and works of art.


The ‘Starter Kit’ and Introduction

What is art--what is art history?

Know about: representation, patronage, the social context of art, beauty, sections on form, content, style, mediums, techniques and architectural terms
Art to know from chapters 1-10:

Prehistoric—chapter 1

Woman of Willendorf

Lion Headed Man

Lascaux Cave art

Ancient Art--chapters 2-4

Sumerian Votive statues

Nanna Ziggurat

Bull Lyre, Cylinder Seal, Stele of Hammurabi

Assurnasipal 11 Killing Lions


Palette of Narmer

Great Pyramids

Menkaure and Khamerernebty

Seated Scribe

Akhenaten and His Family


Torso from Harappa

Great Stupa at Sanchi

Standing Buddha

Fang Ding Vessel

Terracotta Soldiers

Portion of a letter (Calligraphy)

Bodhisattva Seated in Meditation


Main Compound Horyu-ji
Ancient Art--chapters 5-6

Ajax and Achilles playing a game

Cycladic figure of a woman

Minoan Bull Jumping fresco

Elements of Architecture

Peplos Kore

Kritios Boy


Spear Bearer

Greek Theaters

Aphrodite of Melos, Market Woman,

Nike of Samothrace, Dying Gallic Trumpeter

Reclining couple on a sarcophagus

Aulus Metellus

Arch and Vault, Augustus Primaporta

Peristyle Garden Pompeii

Wall painting Villa of Mysteries

Pantheon, Flavian Amphitheater

Constantine the Great
From Ancient to Medieval--chapters 7-8

Menorahs and Ark of the Covenant

Wall with Torah Niche,

Good Shepherd

Longitudinal and Central plan Churches

Oratory of Galla Placidia

Church of Hagia Sophia


Dome of the Rock

Tile Mosaic Mihrab

Shazi Pen Box
Chapter 9

Nataraja Shiva

Travelers among Mountains and Streams

Formats of Chinese Painting

Rock Garden Ryoan-ji

The Great Wave
Chapter 10

Chi Ro Page Book of Kells

St. Gall Plan

Crucifixion with Angels and Mourning Figures

Gero Crucifix

The Romanesque Church Portal

Hildegard of Bingen
Questions to help with your study:

1. What culture strongly influenced Roman art?

2. Mesopotamian writing---what does it look like? What is it called?

3. What is the term for the Greek ‘relaxed’ pose?

4. Name a very early sculpture of a mother figure or fertility goddess.

5. What is the purpose of the pyramids at Giza?

6. An artwork that is a very early code of law.

7. Select art examples from the ‘golden age’ of Greece.

8. Name a significant construction material of Roman origin.

9. Buddhist art of India---name elements of the Stupa at Sanchi.

10. What are some symbols of Buddhism?

11. Why is the Indus River significant?

12. Name a sculpture that portrays an athlete?

13. Consider worship; compare various cultures and their art.

14. Name examples of bull imagery or bull-like art of the ancient world.

15. Archaic smile, what artwork has this?

16. Sculpture----Marital harmony?

17. In what culture(s) is calligraphy especially prominent?

18. What is a beehive tomb?

19. How does style differ in the art of sculpture?

20. Empire known for realistic busts, architectural engineering and law and government?

21. What is a very common building material of Mesopotamia?

22. A Persian complex of the ancient world.

23. A Greek artwork: She is aging.

24. Functional and beautiful these moved water over long distances.

25. An early mausoleum in China.

26. An example of the musical heritage of the Middle East in the form of an ancient instrument.

27. A person who supports art.

28. When something is depicted or made like nature--as observed.

29. A style when related to time is known as.

30. Three ways in architecture to span an opening.

31. Early Christian sculpture—what figure?

32. Christian churches of the Middle Ages---what architectural features?

33. Judaism, Christian and Islamic art---similarities and differences.

34. In the middle ages an art of illustration done in monasteries.

35. Altarpieces of the middle ages; what are they like?

36. Compare examples of figurative art—how are they similar and different?

37. What is period style?

38. What is the relationship of form and content?

39. What are the primary colors?

40. What is a barrel vault?

41. What is an icon?

All the best to you!

Studying the listed art and questions will help build a strong educational foundation.

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