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Art History Resources: The Human Form in Greek Sculpture

Assignment Description

The Evolution of the Human Form in Greek Sculpture
Paper Assignment

Rough Draft Due:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Final Due: Friday, October 19, 2018

100 points

  • A four-page paper (typed – 12pnt double-spaced) that thoroughly explores ONE of the two topics below.
  • A Libguide has been created with all of the necessary resources listed and linked.
  • Use at least three sources of research in addition to your textbook.
  • Only one of these sources may be an internet source, and the site must be approved by Ms. Haskell ahead of time.
  • One or more sources must be scholarly articles found on JSTOR (such as “The Naked Greek” by Larissa Bonfante).
  • Sources must be cited (parenthetically – MLA style) and included in the list of Works Cited. You should use Noodletools in the creation of your bibliography.  You must submit your Works Cited to the librarians through Noodletools at the rough draft phase to be checked.
  • All KUA book sources are being held on reserve in the library.
  • Use specific examples of art to illustrate your points.
  • Please include reproductions of your examples (unless they may be found in the textbook).
  • Please read the handout from Barnett (linked in topics and also in the libguide) and follow the essay writing and style guidelines.

Topic Choices:

1.    “Man is the measure of all things.” (Protagoris)

What is the significance of the male nude to the Greeks?  What motivated their quest for perfection in male nude sculpture?

Analyze the evolution of this art form from the Archaic period through the Hellenistic period – connecting how philosophical and mathematical ideals influenced the Greek sculptors and pushed them to ever higher achievements.

2.    Examine the female figure in Greek art.  Trace the evolution from earliest Aegean cultures to the early Greek styles through to the Hellenistic period. How did the social position of woman/ goddess in these two cultures differ?  How is that reflected in the art? How did Greek attitudes about the female form in art shift over time? Why? How did that influence the way in which the female form was depicted in Greek art over time?

Required Articles for the Evolution of the Male Form

Recommended Articles for Both Topics

Library Databases

Required Articles for the Evolution of the Female Form

Books on Reserve in the Library

These books, along with others relevant to Grecian art and its historical context, have been placed ON RESERVE in the library. You can find the books in the Reading Room: around the corner to the right, on Ms. McKim's office windowsill.