ARTS 200, Spring 2010
Professor Wayne Osborn, Ph.D.
Department of Visual Communication
During the second week of class, all students are required to curate a collection of art history images. The scope of the collection is open to student choice, but strong projects will revolve around a curatorial theme (i.e. depictions of animals, architecture and monuments, the color green, etc.). You will need to collect one image from each of the following periods/regions:
1. Ancient Egyptian Art (Gombrich Chapter 2)
2. Mesopotamian Art (Gombrich Chapter 2)
3. Greek Pottery or Architecture (Gombrich Chapter 3-4)
4. Greek Sculpture, 450. B.C.–100 ...view middle of the document...
Try to think visually and aesthetically about the images you choose. There are no right or wrong answers for this assignment. However, your selections and analysis will demonstrate the amount of care and reflection that you committed to the assignment. These traits, as well as the clarity of your presentation, will influence your grade.
This piece of art is called Law-code Stele of King Hammurabi. It is a representation of Mesopotamian art that was crafted in the era 1750 B.C in ancient Babylon. What we see in this piece is, King Hammurabi being granted the first known law code from the Sun God. The height between the floor and the chair itself represent a high position and superiority. It also has a sense of power and command in the way it was positioned. Even when paying attention to the material basalt that is used to make the stele of Law code, it shows a sense of strength and life since basalt is known to be a strong volcanic rock. When I first looked at the art piece, my eyes led me to look at it from the bottom till the top and finally laying my eyes on the important art which is focusing on the God giving the Law code to the chosen, King Hammurabi. I found this long distance, from the bottom till we reach the actual art, significant since it represents the path of life and how we go back to our creator. This rare art piece also interests me since it has a detailed structure of the actual codes when we focus on the tall slab which to me is a sign of creativity. (From 02-Egypt-Mesopotamia)
|Ancient Egyptian Art |
| I chose this piece to be my favorite because I see it to be one of the most appealing works of the ancient Egyptians. It is |
|special in many ways. The name of the art piece itself is interesting. Tutankhamun is actually the name of one of the most famous |
|Egyptian pharaohs. It was made in the 18th Dynasty, 1330 BC. Tutankhamun means the “Living Image of Amun” and Amun is believed to be |
|the God of creation in Ancient Egypt. The material also grabbed my attention for it is made out of Gold and precious stones. The |
|materials used more specifically Gold reflects the Golden age of Egypt. Gold doesn’t only add value to the era but also to the |
|pharaoh himself. The snake on the middle of the head represents power and control. The neatness, craftsmanship and quality of the |
|piece that still stands out perfectly till this day is mind-blowing to me. The dominant colors are golden and turquoises which both |
|represent luxury and worth to the person sculptured. I also notice that there are a lot of orderly lines in the art piece which |