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Department
Visual Arts History
Course
Visual Arts History 1040
Professor
Cody Barteet
Semester
Winter

Description
THE PREHISTORIC AEGEAN CYCLADIC ART - Figurine of a woman, from Syros, Greece, ca. 2500–2300 BCE - Looks ‘modern’, relates to modernism - Don’t know purpose, found most in tombs - Marble (chunks also found in tombs) - Many nude, female - Male lyre player, from Keros, Greece, ca. 2700–2500 BCE - Face facing up, perhaps divine purposes - SeatedHarp Player, Greece, Ca. 2800-2700 BCE - Real or fake? Looted, not in original setting, everything’s still intact - Imp to understand the context of a work to go beyond appreciation of formal qualities and being - Problem of context, how much context is needed? Not simple, often v complex, where does context end? Assumption that history stands prior to artwork MINOAN ART - The largest art form in the Minoan world was fresco painting on walls, usually illustrating palace rituals - Minoan sculpture was of small scale - Aerial view (looking southwest) of the palace at Knossos (Crete), Greece, ca. 1700- 1400 BCE - Court palace, multistory complex built, toilets, running water, gendered quarterly theatres - Pot cult worship of female deity, pot matriarchy - Stairways, columns - Minoan woman or goddess (La Parisienne), from the palace at Knossos (Crete), Greece, ca. 1450–1400 BCE - large frontal eye in her profile head (as seen in Near Eastern and Egyptian art) - Bull-leaping, from palace at Knossos (Crete), Greece, ca. 1450–1400 BCE - Pot entertainment, coming of age ceremony - Ceremony based on their imp bull myths - Symbolic pres, pot pres of sex (male red, fem white) - Only some parts left, others painted - Flotilla, detail of Miniature Ships Fresco, from Room 5, West House, (Cyclades), Greece, ca. 1650 BCE - Village on hill, shows island culture - Floats going across the water - Juxtaposition btwn land and sea (panting set in landscape) - Landscape with swallows (Spring Fresco), from Room Delta 2, Akrotiri, Thera (Cyclades), Greece, ca. 1650 BCE - No humans, no narrative, just landscape, just decorative (considered to be 1800’s convention) - Marine Style octopus jar, from Palaikastro (Crete), Greece, ca. 1500 BCE - V artistically impressive - Sarcophagus, from Hagia Triada (Crete), Greece, ca. 1450–1400 BCE - Funerary rites, person on far right maybe deceased (patterns on sarc in pic same of irl) - Offerings for deceased, pour liquids on deceas
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