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background image Art History Survey 1 Week 1 Four main lines of inquiry for the semester: 1. Habitation and Life Patterns
2. Governmental Patterns
3. Educational Patterns
4. Spiritual Patterns
Differences From Other Humanist Disciplines: History Archaeology Anthropology Sociology Religious Studies/Psychology Political Science Contextual Universe: Production VS Reception Lines of Inquiry Intent Audience Prehistoric Timeline: Paleolithic –  40,000 – 8,000 BCE Mesolithic –  8,000 – 7,000 BCE Neolithic –  7,000 – 2,300 BCE Bronze Age –  2,300 – 1,000 BCE When Studying Artwork, There are Four Components to be Analyzed; Form, 
Function, Content, and Context:
1. Form – Form describes component physical materials and how they are used to create visual elements. Focus points would be: Line –   Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, or curved Shape – Height, Width, Geometric, Organic Space – Positive, Negative, or 3-D Color – Hue, Value (light or dark), Intensity (dull, bright, 
warm, cool)
Texture – 2D or Surface texture 2. Function – The artist’s intended use of the work and how audience,  time, location, and culture affect the context. Functions include utility, 
decoration, communication, commemoration, spiritual, social, political, 
personal expression, etc.
Why did the artist create the work? For religious worship? To entertain or please the eye?
background image To tell a story? As a form of scientific study? Where did the artist originally intend to place the work? Made for a competitive exhibition? Etc… 3. Content – consists of communicative elements of design,  representation, and presentation within a work of art, along with 
subject matter such as visible imagery, representative depictions, and 
symbolic depictions. Content can be narrative, symbolic, spiritual, 
historical, mythological, supernatural, propagandistic, etc.
Subject – Who/what does the work depict? Iconography – What do the figures and objects in the work 
represent?
Narration – What event or series of events does the artist 
present?
4. Context – Information about the time, place, culture, when and where  the artwork was created, who created it, the artist’s intended purpose, 
etc.
Artist – Who created the work? What is/was the artist’s 
status in the culture? What else is known about the artist?
Culture – When was the work created? Where was the work
produced? Religious beliefs? Political or Philosophical 
ideologies?
Impact – Inspire or influence other artists? Seen by a large 
number of people? Cause controversy? Alter fashion or 
taste?
Venus of Willendorf: Form: oolitic limestone, covered with red ochre when found, 4  in. 11.1 cm high Function: Thought to be a fertility figure, good-luck totem, a mother  goddess symbol, or an aphrodisiac made by men for men. Content: Depicts a naked, obese woman without a face.
Context: Created in 22,000 BCE, found in 1908 at Willendorf, Austria, 
  Venus of Brassempouy: Form: Mammoth Ivory figurine, 3.65 cm high, 2.2 cm deep, 1.9 cm  wide. Triangular, tranquil face. Forehead, nose, and brows carved in relief, 
but missing a mouth. Checkerboard pattern formed on head. Interpreted to 
have a wig or hood with geometric decoration, or simply hair.
Function: Interpretative questions have shifted from race to matters  concerning womanhood and fertility Content: Depicts an “unsexed” person or a female,

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School: University of North Texas
Department: Art
Course: ART History Survey I
Professor: Lisa Owen
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Art, history, and Art History
Name: Art History Survey 1 Week 1 Notes
Description: These notes cover what we have gone over in lecture so far but in further detail.
Uploaded: 09/02/2018
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School: University of North Texas
Department: Art
Course: ART History Survey I
Professor: Lisa Owen
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Art, history, and Art History
Name: Art History Survey 1 Week 1 Notes
Description: These notes cover what we have gone over in lecture so far but in further detail.
Uploaded: 09/02/2018