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EXPECTATION FOR THIS REPORT on Greco-Roman Art and the Art of Middle Ages: 


CREATE  an essay outline on religious images.   See directions.
WRITE  an essay on narratives used in art. See directions.
Use your texts, the library, and online resources. Cite your sources in the essay, include a works cited page.

1)  See Greek and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art      82nd Street & Fifth Avenue
Free Admission with Student Pass or ID  (you will still get a receipt, if you ask)

2)  See Art of the Middle Ages at The Cloisters (Branch of MMA)
Hours:  Tues - Sunday 9:30 - 4:45.  Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day

Admission:   Pay What you Wish.          Note:  Use your Student ID card for free admission.                
BUS #4 on Madison Avenue marked "Cloisters - Fort Tryon Park."  Get off at last stop, which is right in front of entrance.
By CAR:  Henry Hudson Parkway north to first exit after George Washington Bridge.



100 pts. FORMAT OF THIS REPORT: All pages should be double spaced and have your name at top.
1. Title Page with receipts from MMA & Cloisters. Include your name, your teacher's name, and class period.(points for receipts included in essay grade)
2. Your worksheet, completed while in each museum. (25 pts.)
3. Essay 1 Outline only: images for religious use. May count as quiz grade. Include citations as end notes and include list of works cited (20 pts.)
4. Essay 2: Narratives in art. Include full ID for both pieces. May count as a quiz grade. Include citations as end notes and include list of works cited. (45 pts.)
5. Works Cited page (where you got your information, formerly called Bibliography) (10 pts.)


GREEK & ROMAN ART :   take notes on worksheet while in the museum.

       - Choose one Roman wall painting.
       - Choose one Greek sculpture, anything in the Greek Gallery on 1st floor.

       - Choose a Greek vase to use as an example of a narrative. Use this example in the essay outline, as directed below.
       - Choose one Roman sculpture. NOT a copy of a Greek work but an "original"Roman work-- either a sarcophagus or a portrait bust.

       - Choose one piece from the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art          

ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES From the Cloisters Collection: take notes on worksheet while in the museum.
       - Visit the Merode Altarpiece
and write a paragraph that includes a personal response to seeing this famous Annunciation Triptych in the Cloisters. Read about it in your text, list the disguised symbols used, and the meaning of each.

       - Be sure to see the tapestry collections: "Hunt of the Unicorn" and "Heroes" series.
       - Choose two sculptures with a common theme - One work from Romanesque period and one from Gothic.   Complete chart on worksheet.                    

       - Choose one image used for religious purposes currently on view in the Cloisters Museum for the essay on images used for religious purposes.

       - Choose an example of a narrative from any room in the Cloisters. Use this example in the essay as directed below.

- Write an outline only for an essay on religious images as instructed below. Make an outline only. Do not write the essay, instead, prepare information in an outline format for an essay on the use of sacred images in art. May count as a quiz grade. May count as a quiz grade. Click here for an example of an outline format
Essay 1: In many cultures, artists have produced images for religious use.  Fully identify two images, such as wall decorations, sculptures, or other objects. One must be currently on view in the Cloisters Museum, the other must be currently on view in the Metropolitan Museum (any religion other than Christian).   Write an essay discussing how the images conform to the beliefs of the culture in which they were produced, and in what ways each contributed to reinforcing those beliefs.  Compare the ideas of both Christianity and the other religion in regard to images created for sacred use.

- Write a full essay:
Essay 2: Most cultures have made use of art's narrative function.
Select and fully identify two works of art that visually convey a narrative.  At least one of your choices must be from beyond the European tradition.  Identify the subject of each narrative and discuss the means used to convey the narrative.  One must be on exhibit in the Cloisters Museum, the second must be a Greek vase on exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum.  Write a full essay that includes all identifying information, a description of the story being told, the way the artist chose to tell the story, and the importance of that narrative to the culture in which it was created. Use museum labels, online resources, and both of your textbooks for information. Include citations as end notes. List your resources, works cited, below the essay. See rubric for grading essay click here for additional writing tips.
See these 3 links: story telling devices in visual imagery, continuous narrative, other narrative devices in art

Tips from AP Essay Readers:

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SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READINGS   (Note:  Our two textbooks are "Survey" texts.  They have limited information on specific subjects.  To improve your essay, and add to your bibliography, you need to do additional research.)
*  Hauser:  SOCIAL HISTORY OF ART, VOL. I, Chapter 3  (On Reserve in School Library)
*  MMA Bulletins - Ask in Uris Library at MMA (Ground floor) where a librarian will be glad to help you find information on object you have selected.
*  "A  Short Guide to Writing About Art" by Sylvan Barnet.     

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