The Slide Comparison

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:


First, identify each work: artist (if applicable, not here), title, and date by period. You will need to include the location if the work is a building or an object too big to pick up and carry away (ex.: triumphal arch, fresco cycle)


These two reliefs are being compared because each is an ivory from Constantinople made during the Early Christian/Byzantine period. Each shows the continuing influence of the classical [or Roman] style, but the St. Michael ivory shows a mixture of this older style with the newer more abstract Byzantine style. [Another sentence on style or the identification of the second ivory as a portrait of the Emperor Justinian.]

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