Characteristics of the renaissance time periods


Refer to reading text for information.Students will compare and contrast two sculptural depictions of the biblical narrative of David and Goliath. This process will involve research and analysis in de

Refer to reading text for information.

Students will compare and contrast two sculptural depictions of the biblical narrative of David and Goliath. This process will involve research and analysis in detail.

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• What is a comparison and contrast?o This means looking at two visual works of art and questioning if

they have any similarities and/or differences.o After a thorough investigation, often involving reading more about

each work of art and who made it and at what time period and with what materials, then it is your task to describe these similarities and differences to the viewer.

§ Pretend that you are speaking to someone who has never seen either of these works before; this means you are going to have to be super specific when describing these works.

The questions below are what I am asking you to research (again, which will involve reading the text), analyzing, describing and answering in complete sentences.

Compare and contrast:

1. Characteristics of the renaissance time periods.

  • Were these two sculpture created during the same artist movement?
  • If not, what were those art movements?
  • What were the stylistic similarities/differences between these twoperiods? (Reference stylistic analysis chapter). Be specific.***You will need to explain and expand on what makes the art in these periods the same and/or different, and the results of that in these specific works (sometimes it helps to list specific moments in the work that are examples of these similarities/differences).I like to think about this this way. The story is about a boy who fought an enemy. Ok, maybe I should read more about the fight to understand the context. Ok, looking at these two works, do they have any similarities…yes – ok what are they? (List those similarities). How about differences…definitely yes – ok what are they? (List). Now answer ‘Why’ to each of those listed elements with visual evidence.How do their similarities and differences in their bodies, stances, sizes, weight, and anatomy say about their ability to fight? What were the visual styles of these two different art periods, and how would those styles affect how these works look/feel?

2. Who created each sculpture?

-Again, compare and contrast these artist’s styles.-Who were they? What made these individuals masters/what do we know from the reading about these artists that would have influenced their styles? -What evidence in the work supports this?

3. Whatmaterialweretheycreatedfrom?

  • How did these materials affect their technique?
  • What do the materials say about that time in art? Or about that artist?

4. Size (how does this change how we view the sculptures?)-Are the two sculpture the same size.-If not, why might this be?-How might a difference in scale effect how we interact with each sculpture? -What might the artist’s message be as a result of this?

5. Momentdepicted(Context)

-Is the same moment depicted?-If not, what differing moments are being represented?-Do you feel this moment(s) is accurately felt from look at the sculpture? -What elements in these works help describe this moment in biblical history, that are similar/different, that gives clues to the viewer?

6. Overalleffect

This is where you sum everything you have previously described to make your point about these two works. How do the history, maker, material, scale and context make you feel about each work? How do you react to each work? Please record your response.


  • §  2 pages of text minimum.