Answer the following three questions 1paragraph for each:
1. Compare and contrast Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam painted on the Sistine Chapel with that of the medieval Adam and Eve Reproached by the Lord. If that sculpture embodied medieval views of humanity, then what does the Creation of Adam tell us about how things have changed? How is the influence of humanism present in the Michelangelo painting?
2. Q1: The middle ages gives us a very different view of humanity. You will note that the last chapter emphasizes this and that it seems as if the great skill and detail revealed in ancient Greek and Rome have disappeared – we are now in what historians used to call the “Dark Ages”. Is it that artists can no longer portray the human body with the skill they did in the ancient world? Or is it that they have other purposes? Be sure to have read the chapter and in particular, to have reviewed the section on the Last Judgment and compare and contrast the portrayal of the human body to that of the Greeks.
Q2: You will notice that two styles of cathedral are important at this time: the Romanesque and the Gothic. We are focusing on the Gothic (I hope you enjoyed the Macauley video – you can skip to the parts that interest you but it is a great overview of the cathedral’s history.) The very brief you tube video How to Read a Gothic Cathedral is also very helpful! In this thread, I ask that you respond with a post that identifies one key feature of the Gothic cathedral in the subject heading and then clearly discuss and perhaps provide a visual example of one in the post – remember that we have many pseudo Gothic cathedrals in this country but for examples, I ask that you find ones that fit the time frame.
3. As the Greek empire gives way to the Roman empire, we notice that the Romans emulate the Greeks in many ways, but they also create their own style which reflects very different cultural values. After watching the video, compare and contrast the Greek Parthenon to the Roman Pantheon. In this post, take one of the following positions:
A. You are a Greek looking at the Roman culture – What do you see and how does any similarities or changes to your Greek tradition make you feel?
B. You are a Roman looking at the Greek culture – What do you see in the Greek culture that resonates with your Roman sensibilities? How does that make you feel?