Art History —Second Critique Assignment

The second short critique is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, June 24. Second assignment: the content of the assignment and some suggested questions are listed below.

This assignment should be formatted as a formal paper; a list of questions and answers will not be accepted.

Choose an artifact from Greece through the Hellenistic period (Alexander), Rome through the 2nd century C.E., or from the Etruscans. Students can reference any reputable websites; the library website has some useful links.

Write a 3-page critique discussing the object. Things you should consider when you are analyzing the object:

1. How is the object made? What materials are used? If the object is colored, what colors or pigments are used?
2. What basic shape does it have?
3. What is the size of the object?
4. What distinguishing features does the object have?
5. Where was the object found? What else was found with it?
6. Where was the object originally located?
7. What was the object used for AND/OR why was it made?
8. Which society made this object? What information about the society does this object provide?
9. Who made OR who commissioned this object?


Students are STRONGLY discouraged from citing dictionary or encyclopedias; reference materials are located in the library if students require additional resources.

An image of the artifact described.

How does this object fit with the information about ancient Greece presented the films screened during class and the assigned readings? Reference specific examples from the films and the readings to support your conclusions.

Grading: students will be graded on the following criteria:

Spelling and grammar
Content of the essay: how interesting and thorough is the critique?
Effective and consistent use of vocabulary words.
Quality of the conclusions drawn based on research and observation.
Formatting of the essay.
Was the essay submitted on time and does it meet assignment requirements?

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