During this course you will have the pleasure of taking two lovely quizzes. These are intended to help you digest the course material and prepare you for the Midterm and then the Final, which will also have Slide Comparisons.
The quizzes will be of the Slide Comparison type.
The Slide Comparison is a key method of both testing your factual comprehension of the course material and challenging your creative response abilities. In practice, the comparison is run in this way:
- You will be shown two slides on the screen--these are also called "paired slides." They wll be shown for 5 minutes.
- These will be works of art that we've seen and discussed in class.
- The two slides will always have something substantial in common. Substantial means something deeper than, for example, "Both slides show paintings" or "The painting on the left has lots of green in it, while the painting on the right has lots of red in it", to name two classic, but wrong responses from students early in previous servings of this course.
- You will need to give the name of the artist (if known), the title or subject, the date by five years, the location if you are shown a building or an artistic installation intended as a permanent installation or that is too big to pick up and carry away.
- Finally, and this is the most important part: You will write a short essay--about three full sentences--about the comparison. You need to tell me what elements of the work of art are being compared (probably the first sentence); why they are being compared (maybe the second sentence); and then, as a small grand finale, something else--maybe something about the artistic context, how one or both of the works relate to the artists' (or artist's) other work--your choice, as long as it works.
- How to do this: Always take a few moments to think over what you want to say. Note that in terms of the mini-essay there is often more than one relevant observation that can be made. Pick the one you think is best, and then write it out. If you can't quite remember all of the factual information ("Oh, it looks so familiar!") skip down a few lines and start to work on the mini-essay. That should jog your memory, or calm your nerves, whichever comes first.
- Now try your hand with these two, by now rather familiar, paintings:
Shown Above: Pietro Lorenzetti, left panel from his Birth of the Virgin. 1342. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena. The link is to a site on the full painting.