Please go to the Museum of Fine Art and view the following three works of art:
A Pair of Reliefs depicting Ankh-neb-ef Old Kingdom, 2150 BC, Reign of Pepy II
Red Figure Column Krater Syriskos Painter, c. 470 BC
Dionysus Roman, 50 – 150 AD, marble
Describe how the human figures portrayed by Egyptian artists are
different or similar to those portrayed by Greek artists. Are Egyptian
figures flexible in appearance?
1. Describe the posture of Ankh-neb-ef. Does he stand in a composite
posture? Describe the positions of his shoulders, head and legs.
2. When writing about the Greek vase, do not try to describe all of the
figures. Only describe the winged goddess on the front of the vase. Is
her posture similar to the posture of Egyptian figures? How are her
feet positioned? How are her shoulders and head positioned?
3. How does the Roman statue of Dionysus stand? How is his posture
different or similar to contrapposto? Describe the position of his hips
and shoulders. Describe the position of his legs and feet.
Use terminology appropriate to the art, but describe the art with your
own words in complete sentences. This does not mean that any form
of English will be acceptable. Essays written in broken English or
slang will be failed. An informed description will reveal a more
complete understanding of the art. To meet this requirement, one
may use the information provided by the Museum of Fine Arts. Visit
the museum’s website at www.mfah.org or read the information on
the wall plaques in the museum. The plaques on the wall or inside the
glass cases contain information that will help one understand the
works of art. The following quotation is an example of the information
found at the museum.
“On the front, Zeus and Hera, king and queen of the Olympian gods,
are seated on either side of the winged goddess, Iris, who pours an
offering from a jug, called an oinochoe, into a dish, called a phiale,
held by Zeus. Iris’ left hand is extended toward Hera, who grasps it in
her own hand.” (MFAH 2011)
If you quote information like this, you must put it in quotation marks
as it is above. One must also give credit to the museum with the
citation (MFAH 2012) seen above. Failing to use quotation marks or
give credit to the original author is plagiarism. Plagiarism will result in
a failing grade of 0%.