Humanism is about paying attention to human beings and their development

•   Humanism is about paying attention to human beings and their development as individuals.  That’s what any Humanities class is about, really.  Using artworks we’ve studied so far this semester as “evidence,” what can you say about the changing lives (inner and outer) of human beings during the time period we’ve been studying, late 1500s to the middle 1800s?

•   As art analysts and critics, please take any five artworks and critically analyze them in depth, showing the pros and cons AND meaning, according to you and other critical sources you consult, of each.  Compare and contrast them – do they have similar or differing aims?  What does each artwork say not only about the human beings who created it and what this artwork says about humanity in general?  

•   Our textbook states that it begins with the “early modern” world.  Thinking about technologies, religions, philosophies, societies, artworks, etc., what can you say about what we’ve been studying as it pertains to our world today?  Do you see echoes of the past in our world?  

•   Where are the women in all we’ve been studying?  That includes Late Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Aristocracies, Monarchies, Baroque Period, Rococo Period, Scientific Revolution, and so on.  Sometimes the women have to peek out from behind the scenes, but they do show up in our studies.  What can you say about women during these eras and how they’ve been depicted in the artworks we’ve seen?

•    explain the impetus for and practice of religion during the Protestant Reformation and any aftermath counter-reformations plus how the Scientific Reformation changes things in Western Civilization.  

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