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Humans use art to capture the form of ideas about worlds outside of our own. It's often a vehicle for myth or how we understand and explain concepts of a spirit world. Cultures use iconography to symbolize abstract ideas like dreams, love, power, and emotion, and call on the artist to create them. Art has significance in ritual and ceremony.

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Assignment 4: Interpretation and Purpose of Visual Art (40%)
  1. Using the five-step system for interpreting visual art, write about the following works of art as well as two very different works of art of your choice:
    1. Conduct brief research (mainly for context) on each of the images. Then, write about each of the five steps for interpreting visual art you learned about during this course. As you write about each piece of art, make sure you discuss the following:
      • Description (an explanation of the works of art from an objective point of view: their physical attributes and their formal construction)
      • Analysis (a look at the works of art that combines physical attributes with subjective statements based on your reaction to the works)
      • Context (any historical, religious, or environmental information that surrounds the particular works of art and which helps to understand the works' meanings)
      • Meaning (a statement of the works' content. A message or narrative expressed by the subject matter of the works)
      • Judgment (a critical point of view about the works of art concerning their aesthetic or cultural value)
    2. Choose any two works of art and comment on their similarities and differences.
  2. Analyze and state an opinion on each of these two statements:
    • Art is for entertainment value only.
    • Art helps humans explore their lives and their world.
  3. Cite examples of at least three specific artworks to support your opinion on each statement. Each piece of writing should be about three paragraphs in length.