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HUMA 1302 Essay Assignments

The goal of the assignment: It is with the Unit Essays that we engage most directly with the MonuMentor theme of the class. Your goal here is to write three relatively brief essays (minimum 750 words, maximum 1500 words, each) identifying six works from the Late Renaissance to the Present that you believe must be preserved at all costs for future generations to experience and learn from. Over the course of the semester, in three essays you will identify six works, which turns out to be two works per essay. There is one guideline for the overall selection of works. By the end of the semester, you will need to select at least one work from each of the following categories: Continue reading

HUMA 1302 Discussion Questions

After reading Chapters 19 and 20 in your textbook, select one of the following questions to answer in a response of between 250 and 400 words.

  • Focus on one or two of the ideas presented by Martin Luther, John Calvin, or other Protestant ministers and discuss how those ideas affected or are reflected in one or two works by Van Eyck, Bosch, Durer, Grunewald, or Brueghel.  Use your own words and not those of the text, but discuss with specific references to one or more works mentioned in the chapter.
  • Discuss the view of human nature as presented by Christian Humanists (such as Erasmus and Thomas More), satirists (such as Cervantes and Rabelais) and writers like Montaigne and Shakespeare.  You need focus only on one (or two) of the writers and their works as presented in the text.  What do these writers find admirable?  What do these writers find disappointing?  Do their assessments still ring true today?
  • Identify some qualities of the Mannerist style and discuss how these qualities are illustrated in works by Michelangelo, Parmigianino, Tintoretto, El Greco, Caravaggio, or Gentileschi.  Please avoid merely copying observations and language from the textbook.  What do you notice in one or two of these works.  How do you react to the exaggerated style?  What is your reaction to this intensity?
  • Consider the works of Bernini and Pozzo can you find ways to compare their qualities to the developments made by Palestrina, Gabrieli and Monteverdi in music?

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