Art 151, Past Tests

Tests consist of ten questions only (or ten parts of questions), and concern the material before the test date only. There are no identifications. I want you to learn period and style names, terms and definitions, and various analytical processes with their interpretations. Spelling matters!

The two big concepts for this course are Classicism and Sensualism. We join Classicism at its height, and see the impact it has had on art, and then we will trace the gradual turning towards Sensualism and all the changes in aesthetic and social values that it brought with it. By the end of the course, I want you to:

I have put these past tests here to remind you of the questions we have already had. They might be repeated - particularly if you got them wrong!

Test #1, 21st September 1999

  1. How did Classical thinkers recognise validity or truth? (ancientness of tradition, prestige of authority)
  2. Give three properties of Classical Beauty (geometric shapes/proportions, clarity of form/smooth surface/perfect condition; bright colour or light)
  3. Give English or Greek name of Madonna icon where she gestures towards child seated on her other arm. (Hodegetriah, "showing the way")
  4. Name one of the typical features of Byzantine painting (comb highlights, sunburst highlights, geometricised faces, zigzagging hemlines)
  5. Word for Early Renaissance (Quattrocento)
  6. Spell contrapposto
  7. Describe the contrapposto stance (weight on straight leg, other bent; hips and shoulders swing in opposite directions)
  8. Why did Cimabue use the Byzantine style and an old icon-type for his altarpiece? (to give sense of tradition to new art form).