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Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed many elements of civilization, and you’ve had opportunity to consider other elements as you read and study. This week, we will look at the visual elements of a civilization, focusing on the artwork from Greece, Byzantium, Kiev, and Medieval Europe.
Art can tell us much about a civilization, from what it values, social constraints, and even typical clothing, to its state and the peace or prosperity of the region. Generally speaking, it is not until a civilization moves out of survival mode, that people have the time and energy to spend on decorations and visual representations of beauty.
From the following list, pick two works of art to consider, each from a different period, and compare/contrast their styles and depictions. Your initial thread should have a clear thesis statement and should respond to the following aspects:
Comparison/Contrast: What significant similarities/differences do you see between the two works?
Historical analysis: What can each piece tell you about the civilization that created it?
Biblical Evaluation: While not all art is originally intended for the worship of the true God, how can we, as Christians, view art from a Godly perspective? Consider I Cor. 10:31. How does this verse apply to viewing these works?
For further assistance with Scriptural references, you can visit these two websites:
Free Ebook – Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
Draw primarily from the primary sources and Scripture for support. You may use the textbook and lectures for background information. NO OUTSIDE SOURCES are allowed.
Response posts should consider the thesis statements of others, offer further analysis for the topic, and respond to specific aspects of classmates’ threads. In addition to posting on specific student threads, thoughtful responses to questions posed on your thread (by either students or professor) count toward the required minimum.
Your thread (within 300-400 words, essay format) is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module/Week 5. Your 2 replies (minimum 100 words each) are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same module/week.
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