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Art101 Chapter 4 Essay

642 words - 3 pages

1. Male Harp Player, from Keros (Cyclades), ca. 2600-2300 BCE.
Can we be sure of the meaning of these statuettes? No
What can we guess was their function?A meaning for music
Where were they found? In prehistoric cemeteries
Describe this Harp Player and compare it to the one at the Metropolitan Museum.
To me it looks like a person sitting down playing the harp with their face looking up maybe he’s singing
2. Bull Leaping, from the palace, Knossos (Crete), ca. 1400-1370 BCE.
What does this ceremony consist of? Leaping of the bull in which a young man grasped the horn of the bull and vaulted onto its back.
What is the medium for this painting?
Fresco
What is the difference in the depiction of male and female figures?
The female are painted in a dark color and the male are in a light color
What are distinguishing factors of Cretan figures as manifested here? Long curly hair & proud and ...view middle of the document...

Snake goddess, from the palace, Knossos (Crete), ca. 1600 BCE.
How does this figure compare to Mesopotamian or Egyptian figures? What is distinctly Cretan? Her breasts are out in the open
6. Harvester's Vase, from Hagia Triada (Crete), ca. 1500-1450 BCE.
Describe the innovations in this vase.
This was one of the first artists in history to represent the underlying of muscular and skeletal structure of the human body
7. Identify the three methods of spanning a passageway: post and lintel; corbeled arch; and arch.
Post and liner was the norm in ancient Greece
Corbeled arch the round arch
Arch used in Mesopotamia, made popular later in Rome
8. Lion Gate, Mycenea, ca. 1300-1250 BCE.
Describe the gate. How was the palace particularly protected by the configuration of this gate?
The largest in the prehistoric Aegean is the relief of confronting lion that fills the relieving triangle of Mycenae’s main gate the itself consists of two great monoliths and a huge lintel
The palace particularly protected on the left by a wall built on a natural rock outcropping and on the right by a projecting bastion of lager blocks any enemies entering the 20 foot wide channel and face Mycenaean defenders above them on both sides

9. Funerary Mask, Mycenae, ca. 1600-1500 BCE.
What is the technique used to fashion this mask? Were they intended as portraits? Compare with Egyptian ones.
The mask was hammered to shape, no one knows whether the mask were intended as portrits, the slim waisted, long-haired figures are Minoan in style, but the artist borrowed the subject from the repertoire of Egypt and mesopotamia

GENERAL QUESTIONS:
1. What do you think are possible functions for the Cycladic sculptures? To hand jeweler
2. Compare the Egyptian Old Kingdom and New Kingdom (Amarna Period) style of wall paintings with Minoan paintings? They both are trying to show movement
3. What was the focus of Minoan life? Did they emphasize the afterlife? Give examples.metalwork, sculpture, and painting, they did not emphasize the afterlife

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