Art History; Perry Gill, “What is the Canon?
These are the 2 readings that correspond to the following assignment:
Perry Gill, “What is the Canon?”
Nicholas Gage, “Introduction to ‘The Greek Miracle: Classical Sculpture from the Dawn of Democracy’”, pp. 2-6
The Assignment itself:
“The Greek Miracle”
Please respond to the following questions in 2-3 complete sentences.
1. According to this reading, what was the basic premise of ‘the Greek Miracle’?
2. According to the reading, what were the impacts of Greek ideas about politics and society on their art and architecture? *You can respond to this question in the general terms outlined in this excerpt; we will look at some specific examples of these impacts in class.
“What is a Canon?”
3. Provide a working definition of the term “canon”.
4. The author of this essay suggests that artistic canons often reflect the values of the societies that produce them. Based on this (and what you read about ‘the Greek Mircale’, why do you think the Greeks hold such a central place in the history of Western art?
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