Italian Renaissance art

1) What is artistic patronage and how important is the patron’s input? Examine the importance of patronage for the work of at least two Italian Renaissance artists.

2) How was Renaissance art produced in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Florence distinguished from art produced in Venice in this period?

3) Discuss the range of strategies used by Italian Renaissance artists to raise their professional status (some suggested artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Giorgio Vasari).

4) Discuss the depiction of women in the work of any two or three Italian Renaissance painters. What models of female perfection/imperfection have been depicted and what might the reasons have been for the artists choosing to depict women in these ways? (some suggested artists: Sandro Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Michelangelo, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian).

5) Mannerist art is concerned with cultivating the ideals of stylishness and grace at the expense of any interest in the subject of the work itself. Is this a fair assessment of Mannerism? Support your argument with reference to the work of at least two Italian artists (some uggested artists: Parmigianino, Jacopo Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Agnolo Bronzino,

6) To what extent should the circumstances of an artist’s private life affect our understanding of their art? Discuss with reference to interpretations of the life and art of Michelangelo

Contemporary art (1990-2018)

7) To what extent is the intersection between themes of mortality and ethics in the work of Damien Hirst and Andres Serrano insightful or problematic

8) Art is not always just the product of artists following their own private and idiosyncratic interests and concerns. It also often servers a purpose, and is often produced with specific social functions in mind. What are some of the artistic strategies and social functions employed in Contemporary art and how are they evident in specific works of art?

9) Art is often discussed as if it were the creation of an individual genius. However, many works of art should often be more accurately identified as a product of collaboration. Explain this statement by examining the working practices of at least two Contemporary artists.

10) Discuss the use of non-traditional materials in the work of at least two and no more than four Contemporary artists. How does the artist’s choice of materials enhance the conceptual strength of their work? (Some suggested artists: Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, Patricia Piccinini, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chris Ofili).

11) Discuss themes and practices employed in postcolonial art by at least two and no more than four Contemporary artists. (Some suggested artists: Kara Walker, Fiona Hall, Brook Andrew, Yinka Shonibare, Tracey Moffatt).

Two what extent is location an important component of street art – does street art lose credibility if it is displayed on the walls of the museum or gallery or subject to conservation?




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