First, carefully examine this Byzantine icon painting ( https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0a/Vladimirskaya.jpg) and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/books/harpercollins-ems/1-goldmarilyn.jpg) . What specific qualities of the Byzantine painting did Warhol use in his Gold Marilyn? What did these qualities mean in the Byzantine painting? Do they mean the same things in Warhol’s work? How does Warhol’s use of the Byzantine style facilitate a kind of social commentary? In other words, what was he saying about contemporary (1960s) society and how did he say it through Gold Marilyn?
Next, discuss the value of studying the arts: What can it teach us about the past? The present? The future? How has art influenced society? How has society influenced art? How does an awareness of all of this impact your own life?