Survey of Western Art History 131

Ancient to Medieval

The Midterm

On the Midterm

Laocoon. 1st century AD copy of the Hellenistic original by Athanadoros, Hagesandros, and Polydoros of Rhodes.
Now in the Vatican City Museums.

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Course Description and Requirements
List of Monuments
Schedule of Lectures
On the Quizzes
Art History Resources On the Web
The Perseus Project
Art Historians' Guide to the Movies
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
The Glory of Byzantine Art
Web site of a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thursday October 12 is the date of the Midterm

The Midterm will be an essay which you will compose outside of class and then write during the midterm examination period. It will cover the material seen in class from the beginning of the course to just before the date of the midterm. Here's how it works:
Everyone in the class will be given three essay questions of a general type, of which each of you will write up two outside of class. When you come to class, you will be given a blue book and a piece of paper which will contain two of the questions: 1 and 2, or 2 and 3, or 1 and 3. You will pick one of the questions and write that one. Since you will have prepared two of the three questions outside of class, the midterm should take you no longer than just writing down your previously-composed essay.

As mentioned in class, the essay should be three to four (8 1/2 x 11) pages long.

No slides will be shown during the midterm. You may not use any notes in writing up the midterm, and you may not use any computers, IPODs, or suchlike devices.

Please do not be late. If you have to leave the room for any reason during the midterm you cannot return.

Do not miss the midterm. Only the most extreme misfortunes will provide an acceptable excuse.


For each essay, you will need to discuss a minimum of six works of art and no more than eight. The number is kept low so that you may discuss each one adequately. You will also need to range over at least three of our art periods--see the Monuments if you don't understand. Do not just submit a list. It is a good idea to memorize your introduction and your conclusion. The quality of the construction of the essay counts along with the content itself. Spelling is not important, but I do need to be able to be able to understand your reference. Oh, and try to write neatly--I have bad eyes!

  1. Discuss developments in the portrayal of the human body in art. You may refer to examples in sculpture and in painting.
  2. Discuss the origins and developments of religious architecture in at least two different civilizations (see also above in the directions)
  3. Bill Gates and Jeb Bush have decided to pool their money and their influence to purchase works of art to make the Lowe Museum the most important Museum of Ancient in the world. You have been asked to submit an essay outlining a purchase plan: you may chose any works of art from our textbook (including the Great Pyramids, if you like) for inclusion. Write up your suggestions as this essay, giving what you hope will be the most persuasive reasons why each object should be selected.
Note that students who miss the exam will be required to sit through an hour long slide show on Cats in Italy before any retake is allowed

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