Discussion 5: Iconographical Analysis (Sculpture)
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, 200-190 BCE, marble, Louvre, Paris
Please report on one sculpture made between 2000 BCE and 100 BCE. The work can, for instance, be an Egyptian, Greek, Buddhist, Roman or Native American sculpture. Your report should be at least 400 words, and should include these numbered sections:
1. Image: Post an image or link to your chosen work, with the MLA citation and URL to the source.
2. Material Data: Name the artist/designer (if known), date(s), current location or museum, materials used and size. Note its use(s) and any special production techniques utilized.
3. Formal Analysis: Describe your image according using at least four (4) of these categories: Line, Shape and Form, Space, Texture, Value and Light, Color, and Implied Movement (Time), Repetition, Variety, Rhythm, Balance, Compositional Unity, Emphasis, Economy, and/or Proportion. Since this work is in three dimensions, make sure to look at images of the same work from different angles.
4. [NEW] Iconographical Analysis: This section will require research beyond your readings. Examine the work that you chose and discuss its symbolism beyond its “natural subject matter”. That is, first note exactly what you see depicted (the natural subject matter). Then, tell us what that subject matter means symbolically, within its own time, history, myth and culture. Try to relate the symbolism to the myths, philosophy, religion or ideas within its culture and time.
For more on this method see:
“Writing About Art: Iconography”
http://writingaboutart.org/pages/iconographicanalysis.html (Links to an external site.)
5. Personal Reflections: Why did you choose this work? What are its least and most attractive aspects to you?
6. MLA citations to your research sources.
Post this initial post by Thursday night. Afterwards, please post at least two substantial replies to other students (and/or the professor), on separate days, before the end of the instructional week (Sunday night). In your replies to one another, try to go deeper into the work presented, comparing and contrasting it with what you presented. Share new research or knowledge. End by asking a critical question of the other student (not a yes/no question but a how/why type question) on what they presented. Return later in the week to continue the discussion and go further with the conversation.
Initial posting: up to 16 possible points.
Substantial reply to at least two other students: up to 10 possible points
Spelling, grammar, formatting and citations: up to 4 possible points.
TOTAL : 30 possible points
Note our late deductions for discussions: 10% a day for postings posted after the Thursday deadline. No postings or replies are accepted for grading after Sunday at 11:59pm EST.