On the Quizzes

As mentioned on the Main Page, you will have four quizzes, worth 25 points each. These are intended to help you monitor your progress through the material of the course. You will be shown images and asked questions of sculptures representative of the material previously covered. You will not be shown slides of objects or other material used solely for comparison or as background to sculpture studies; ie, paintings, maps, illustrations of technical processes. As of this moment, the quizzes will proceed as below:

  1. For the first quiz, you will be shown one comparison and three separate slides, not in chronological order. For the single slides, you are asked to identify them (2 points) and to give three cogent reasons as to why each work is important (3 points). The comparison consists of two slides of sculptures that have a relationship of some sort. Besides identifying each, you must tell me what this relationship is, and back it up with details that go beyond simple visual comparison.
  2. The second quiz will be focused on the readings; details to follow.
  3. The third quiz will include the material from lecture no. 11 (Donatello from circa 1420 to the 1430s) through lecture no. 16 (Donatello's career to its end with the San Lorenzo reliefs) Remember the Quattrocento Tomb Monuments and the Portrait Busts also. You should by now have finished Avery (most important) as well as Olson and the Lavin article. I have posted a list of the works covered in lecture no. 16 on the ItalRen Sculpture News Page. Format: Two comparison pairs and one single slide.
  4. The fourth quiz will be on Tuesday, April 20. Two pairs of slide comparisons and one single slide. The most important elements will be the lectures, Hibbard, and Alison Luchs on Tullio Lombardo. The other readings will be saved for your use on the Final Exam.

To check out how to do the slide comparison, look at the site I made up for Art 106. PLEASE FOLKS--There are still some students who aren't using the slide comparison format. If you've gotten big pink scrawls on your quizzes to that effect, please review this site. Thank you.

On the Single Slides After the identification (see below), you will want to tell me why this sculpture is important. If, for example, it is one of many works we've seen by a particular artist (ie, Donatello, Michelangelo), what is distinctive about this one? Here, it often helps to imagine how you'd explain this to a friend or your parents or your spouse...

What constitutes identification? You need to give me the name of the artist, the name of the work, its location if permanently installed (ie, Orsanmichele in Florence or St. Peter's in Vatican City/Rome), and the date within a reasonable amount of time. What is a reasonable amount of time? Usually within about five years. Note that in some of the comparisons, a knowledge of the dating of the two works will be an element of your answer.

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