List of Essay Questions for the Final Exam
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE SCULPTURE
EXAM DATE: MONDAY, MAY 10 FROM NOON TO 3 P.M. VOORHEES 104
Again, on the Final Exam:
- The first part will consist of FIVE pairs of slide comparisons. They
will be taken from the material studied after the Midterm.
- The second part of the exam will consist of the essay. This is
The basic format for the essay question will be exactly like that of
the Midterm. Below are three questions. Two of these will be given as
part of the final exam; you will write on one of them. As you are being
given these questions over two weeks in advance, I will expect that your
essay will be considered and thoughtful.
In writing these, you will want to use not only the basic texts for
this course (Olson, Avery, and Hibbard) but also select from the
additional readings, including those that were and are on hold.
- One of the great innovations of the Italian Renaissance was the
revival and development of portraiture. Using at least three examples by
at least three different sculptors in the fifteenth century and at least
three examples by at least three different sculptors in the sixteenth
century, trace these developments over 100 years. You may use any type of
portrait sculpture: busts, medals, monuments, etc.
- Describe the Renaissance fascination with ancient art. Again, use at
least three different examples by at least three different sculptors from
the fifteenth century and the same for the sixteenth. Consider origins,
- Donatello and Michelangelo are by common consent the two greatest
sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. Write an essay discussing their
importance, focusing on Michelangelo's use and interpretations of
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