Reminder: Final Exam (Quiz 5!) is on Monday 12/16

Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian, on display at Art Basel, Miami, photo by Cindy Ord, Getty Images. THIS IS NOT ON THE FINAL!

This is a reminder that the Final is next week, on Monday 12/16 at 11:30 am. Please arrive promptly. Don’t forget to review the last post with the terminology and expanded format for the quiz.

In addition, I have posted the supplementary extra credit assignment that involves manipulating some code under Class Downloads on our OpenLab website. Please remember all extra credits are optional, and all are due at the end of finals week on Friday 12/20 by midnight.

Lastly, thanks for letting me know about Maurizio Cattelan’s banana  in Miami Basel. I thought you would like to read how locals in Miami are using the incident to raise important issues of social equity.

See you on Monday!

Final Exam (Quiz 5) is next Monday 12/16/19

Durer, Self Portrait with Hand Up
Durer, Self-Portrait with Raised Hand and Pillow

For the Final Exam, there is a short list of images. Please look under Class Downloads for the Short List for Final Exam.

As you study each work, please try to identify by the following parts:

1. Artist’s name, if known. Last names are best.  (1 point)

2. Title (2 points)

3. Art Period (2 points)

4. Date (1/2 point)

5. Significance (3 points)

The terms for the Final Exam are:




history painting

Sun King


hierarchy of genres

plein air



The format of the Final Exam is similar to a quiz with one extra component: The total time for the exam is 50 minutes but you will have up an hour to complete the exam.

Final Exam Format

  • Part 1: terminology for 5 vocabulary words/terms (15 points)
  • Part 2: 10 slide identifications (85 points)
  • Part 3: optional comparison essay (additional 25 points)
    • You will be shown 2 images that you can write a short essay (approx. 6 sentences) comparing and contrasting the two artworks.

For the final exam,  you can complete the  optional comparison essay to earn 125 points on the final exam.




HW3: What’s On Your Thanksgiving Plate?

David LaChapelle, Last Supper from the series “Jesus is my homeboy” 2003

Happy Thanksgiving! This homework assignment is a fun one, and  adapted from my history of photography class. Share with classmates an image of something you’re eating/cooking over the holiday week. Since we just covered Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, you may want to look at parodies of this famous painting, including this photograph by David LaChapelle. Sometimes parodies evoke anger, including a fashion ad campaign that parodied Leonardo’s painting and was banned in Milan. More recently, The Daily News used a Last Supper parody for The Last Whopper cover to criticize President Trump.

Don’t forget for this assignment, you just need to post an image of something you’re having for Thanksgiving and  a short line describing it! Please only check the category #studentHW

The DUE DATE is Monday December 2, by midnight.

For those of you interested in exploring food photography and how some foodies are turning their social media into profit, look here.


HW4: Is It Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa?

Crowds in Louvre Museum surrounding Mona Lisa painting
Crowds trying to glimpse Leonardo’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris, photo by Max Fercondini via Wikimedia Commons.

For the last homework of the semester, please read this recent article in the New York Times about the overcrowding situation in the Louvre Museum, where Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa is stored. The photos show people waiting in lines and crowds in front of the painting. Do you think it’s time to put the Mona Lisa in storage? Or perhaps move it to its own space outside of the museum?

Read the NYT article here:

Write a short 100-word post on your views about the article and your opinion of Leonardo’s painting.  Please only check the category #studentHW.

This homework is due on the LAST DAY of class, Monday, December 16th midnight, the same day as the FINAL EXAM.

Quiz 4 is next Monday 11/25

Detail of painting of 2 hands with fingers pointing at each other by Michelangelo, Creation of Adam
Detail, Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, 1508-1512

For Quiz 4, there is a short list of images. Please look under Class Downloads for the Short List for Quiz 4.

As you study each work, please try to identify by the following parts:

1. Artist’s name, if known. Last names are usually best.  (1 point)

2. Title (2 points)

3. Art Period (2 points)

4. Date (1/2 point)

5. Significance (3 points)

The terms for Quiz 4 are:


rose window

flying buttress



atmospheric perspective

linear perspective





HW2: How Would You Rebuild a Gothic Church?

Photo of smoke and fire Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, April 15, 2019
Photo of smoke and fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, April 15, 2019. Photograph taken by Wandrille de Preville.

On April 15, 2019, a massive fire broke out in Paris’s Cathedral of Notre Dame. Immortalized in Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, this church is considered by many to be the spiritual heart of the nation of France. The destructive fire ravaged the roof of the building and toppled the steeple, but the relics (such as the objects of religious veneration that we studied in class) were saved.  The project to restore the church has begun but there is much debate over how it should be rebuilt. Should the French rebuild a Gothic church? or should they build a modern one? Listen and look at the photos of some ideas for the rebuilding of Notre Dame on NPR (

Write a 100-word post sharing your thoughts on the rebuilding of this Gothic church. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR POSTS BY MONDAY November 18 Midnight (Same DUE DATE as your in-class powerpoint presentation of the 4-icons assignment)

Reminder: Please submit Paper #2 on Blackboard

Icon of paper and pencil
Icon of paper and writing instrument.

This is a reminder to please submit paper #2 on Blackboard. This is the 4-icons paper, which is modeled on Kyle Tezak’s 4 Icon Challenge. Paper #2 is DUE on Monday 11/11 by midnight. If you have lost the instructions, you can find directions for paper #2 here.

You need to submit 2 files. Your paper with the 4 icons and a Powerpoint file that follows the directions. I will download your Powerpoint file to the classroom computer in preparation for your presentation, which takes place one week later.