Humanities Paper Task 1
Works of art vary greatly across genres and time periods. While it may seem that these works originate solely from the minds of specific individuals, artists are influenced by the styles and characteristics of earlier periods as well as social and political events of the time. Works of art are often a continuation of or reaction to earlier artistic styles. For example, classical art from ancient Greece and Rome was revived during the neoclassical era. Cubism was a reaction to the style and characteristics of the earlier European tradition of realistic painting. The purpose of this task is to analyze, critique, and understand where creativity and inspiration originate.
Choose two periods from the list below and discuss the relationship between the periods. You should discuss how one period revived or continued the style and characteristics of the other period or how one period deviated from the other period.
You may focus on any two periods from the list below and any of the following disciplines within the humanities: music, visual art, architecture, and literature. Please note that not all disciplines are represented in each period. Additionally, please focus on the same discipline for each of your two periods. For example, compare romantic music with impressionist music or architecture from the middle ages with architecture from the renaissance.
The following is a list of historical art periods you can choose from:
• Middle ages
• Post impressionism
• Geometric abstraction
• Harlem Renaissance
• Pop art (visual art only)
A. Choose two art periods from the list above and write a response to each of the following prompts (suggested length of 1–2 paragraphs per numbered prompt):
1. Describe the earlier period. Your description should include the characteristics of the style, and historical conditions that may have contributed to the advent of this style.
2. Describe the later period. Your description should include the characteristics of the style, and historical conditions that may have contributed to the advent of this style.
3. Describe the relationship between the periods.
a. Explain the stylistic similarities or differences between the periods.
b. Explain one reason the later period continued or deviated from the artistic style and tradition of the earlier period.
4. Describe the similarities or differences between two specific works, one from the earlier periodand one from the later period. Both works should be from the same discipline (music, visual art, architecture, or literature).
5. Explain at least one specific way the later art period influenced the future art world (i.e., its artistic legacy, or stylistic influence).
Note: You will want to identify both periods and describe the art periods (time periods, characteristics, and historical conditions that may have contributed to the advent of the styles of the period), but you will want to do so in a way that will allow your readers to see how the descriptions support your statements concerning the relationship between the two art periods.
B. When you use sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, provide acknowledgement of source information for any content that is quoted, paraphrased or summarized. Acknowledgement of source information includes in-text citation noting specifically where in the submission the source is used and a corresponding reference, which includes:
• Location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)
Note: The use of APA citation style is encouraged but is not required for this task. Evaluators will offer feedback on the acknowledgement of source information but not with regard to conformity with APA or other citation style. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Resources web link found under General Information/APA Guidelines in the left-hand panel in Taskstream.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly.
Note: Each work of art named should have an in-text citation and reference. You must include in-text citations and corresponding reference.
Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.
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