Art of the Americas


Question 1: Art of the Americas

This week, we studied a vast array of cultural objects produced in North, South, and Central America prior to 1492. Select one object from each of the following cultures: Aztec, Inca, and North (Native) American.

-First, identify each object, including its name, date, medium, and location/geographical region of origin.

-Then, in a minimum of 2 well-developed paragraphs, address the following questions for each object:

-What are the unique and specific visual characteristics of the object? How are these visual characteristics typical of the time and place in which the object was created?
-How does meaning or function of the object reflect the culture in which it was produced?

Question 2: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism

Beginning in the 19th century, artistic movements carry the suffix “-ism” to their name. Originally derived from Ancient Greek, “-isms” is appended to a word that then reflects a philosophical concept. In the case of art, it comes to mean the philosophy or approach to art that binds a group of artists together.

-Select one representative example from each of the following “-isms” studied this week: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism. In 3 well-developed paragraphs, discuss:

-What is the philosophy or approach to art that is defined by the –ism.
-What are the specific visual characteristics of your example that are representative of the overall style of the –ism?
-How does the specific subject of your selected work reflect the philosophy of the –ism?

Be sure to explain your ideas clearly and support them