Task: Choose any artistic work discussed in modules 1-5 (there is a partial list at the bottom of this prompt) that you want to spend some more time with. Then, follow these steps:
1. Review any information given about the artifact in course material. For most artifacts, you will need to consult a reputable external source. These do not have to be scholarly, but they should be either signed or attributed to a cultural organization (like a museum) of some sort.
2. Spend some time engaging with the work itself (listening if it is a piece of music, reading if it is a poem, viewing if it is a painting, etc.)
3. Write a brief reflection of 1-2 pages that addresses all of the following questions:
What qualities of this object seem to draw your attention the most? Why?
What aspects of the objects context are most relevant or most influence how you interact with it? How?
How does your own context (previous experiences, cultural background, this historical moment) influence your interaction with the work?
What would you say to someone else to help them have the most interesting/rewarding experience of this work?
Criteria for Success: An effective journal submission will clearly and succinctly address the three questions above. It will utilize appropriate terms in describing the artifact and its context, and it will demonstrate an awareness of how the elements of the interpretive encounter interact.
Partial List of Artifacts (drawn from study guides for Modules 1-5
Birth of Venus, Botticelli
Self-Portrait with Fur-Trimmed Robe, Albrecht Drer
Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Frida Kahlo
The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein
Il Duomo (Florence Cathedral dome), Filippo Brunelleschi
Christ Giving the Keys to Saint Peter, Pietro Perugino
Dr. Faustus, Marlowe
Artist Drawing a Nude, Drer
Our Lady of Guadalupe
St. Mark Preaching in Alexandria, Gentile Bellini and Giovanni Bellini
In Praise of Folly, Erasmus
The Garden of Earthly Delights, Bosch
The Adoration of the Magi, Gozzoli
St. Peters Basilica
The Donation of Constantine, Raphael