The following corresponds to concepts and information contained in course readings and videos. There is no page length requirement for this response, however, you need to provide enough information to address all aspects of the question in your answer. Review the information at the bottom of the page (beginning For this final art response…) to see formatting options.
TWO PART QUESTION
According to the Met Museum essay Roman Portrait Sculpture: The Stylistic Cycle (https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ropo2/hd_ropo2.htm#:~:text=The%20development%20of%20Roman%20portraiture,emphasized%20realistic%20or%20idealizing%20elements.&text=)%2C%20portrait%20heads%20were%20attached.,the%20sitter%20wanted%20to%20express.), “veristic” or “classicizing” representations of Roman leaders helped them “legitimize their authority or align themselves with revered predecessors”. For this response, you will review the essay mentioned previously and watch the video
Rome’s History in Four Faces (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gciDo_svj-A)
You will use these resources to gain a better understanding of how verism (truthfulness) and classical idealization impacted representations of Roman leaders and use this knowledge to explore how representations of US leaders influence attitudes, beliefs, or opinions in a similar way.
1) Answer the following questions:
– How are concepts of “verism” and the “classical” reflected in Roman portrait sculpture? Explain. Be sure you discuss a couple of specific examples from the resources listed above, in support of your ideas.
– How do Roman examples compare to the idealism promoted in Greek sculpture? Explain. Be sure to discuss at least one example of Greek sculpture from online resources, class discussions and/or art response assignments from Unit 4, in support of your ideas.
2) Select one portrait of a government leader from the US, such as a president, senator, house representative, governor or mayor. Your selection can be a portrait from any historical period, Revolutionary Period to modern day, and be done in any medium, such as sculpture, painting, graphic design or photography. Provide the following information and answer the following questions regarding your selection:
-Provide the name of the artwork or the person it represents, the time period in which it was created, and the name of the artist, if known.
-What similarities do you see between your selected portrait and the propaganda of the Roman examples? Explain. Be sure to discuss at least 2 specific ways the artworks are similar in support of your ideas.
-Do these representations have the power to influence attitudes, beliefs, or opinions? Why or why not? Explain.