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AMICO Assignment Set:
Find and Compare Exercises for Modern European Art, 1780-1900
Exercise: Neo-Classicism to Romanticism

Student Instructions:

  1. Read all the instructions below before beginning the exercise.
  2. Using the AMICO Library, choose one artwork that, in your opinion, represents the Neo-Classical style. The artwork may be by any artist in any medium.
  3. Using the AMICO Library, choose a second artwork that represents the Romantic style. The artwork may be by any artist in any medium.
  4. In a 250-word essay, compare the two artworks, considering one of more of the following questions:
    • How do these works reflect the taste and style of their period?
    • In what ways, stylistically, are these works alike and unalike?
    • How does the subject matter in each work relate to its style?
    • What were the social, political, and economic conditions when the work was created?
    • Does either work take a political stand and if so how is it expressed?
    • Do the works express the artist's point of view, someone else's, or a combination of the two?
    • What roles do style, setting, and costume play in the two works?
  5. Save the images and related data in your essay.
  6. Your essay will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Did you correctly follow instructions for the exercise?
    • Did you make a good choice of images?
    • How does your essay reflect your knowledge of the period, its political history, and its art?

Sample Images:

The Giaour
Copyright 1999, Art Gallery of Ontario
  The Death of Socrates, Jacques-Louis David
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Théodore Géricault (French)   Jacques-Louis David (French)
The Giaour, About 1822 - 1823   The Death of Socrates, 1787
Art Gallery of Ontario, AGO_.82/267   The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA, MMA_.31.45
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