Soul Making and Art Appreciation Quiz

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What characterized the Neolithic period in human history?

Development of settled farming communities

During which Egyptian Kingdom did political stability and economic prosperity lead to the construction of great pyramids?

Old Kingdom

What artistic aspect did the Egyptians associate with religion?

Dark colors around the eyes

What architectural wonder is associated with the Old Kingdom in ancient Egypt?

Great Pyramids of Giza

What aspect symbolizes the unification of upper and lower Egypt in ancient Egyptian history?

Narmer Palette

Which period allowed art to flourish in ancient Egypt, leading to experimentation in style?

New Kingdom

What aspect of Egyptian civilization threatened pharaoh's authority during the Middle Kingdom?

Rise of powerful landlord groups

King Mentuhotep played a significant role in allowing art to flourish during which period in Egyptian history?

Mortuary temples

Study Notes

Soul Making, Appropriation, and Improvisation in Art Appreciation

  • Noy Narciso's concept of "soul making" involves drawing out a person's experiences and transforming them into images or symbols, often unconsciously, without consideration for exhibition or price.
  • Soul making is a process of art making that focuses on the experience and emotional connection rather than the final product.

Appropriation in Art

  • Appropriation in art involves using pre-existing objects or images with little to no transformation, adding context and perspective to change the way the subject is perceived or understood.
  • Appropriation artists do not simply copy and paste ideas and concepts, but rather add their own spin to create new meaning.

Improvisation in Art

  • Improvisation in art occurs when a piece of art is created spontaneously, without prior planning, and the artists make sudden decisions without following a plan.

Reading the Image: Semiotic, Iconic, and Contextual Planes

  • Semiotic plane: the study of signs, including the material and non-material aspects of an artwork, such as the signifier (physical aspects) and signified (concept and value).
  • Iconic plane: the unique features, aspects, and qualities of an image that convey meaning, including the choice of subject, presentation, and relationship to the viewer.
  • Contextual plane: situates the artwork in the personal and social circumstances of its production, including allusions to personal or public events, conditions, and influences.

Art in Early Civilization: Stone Age to Egyptian Art

  • Stone Age (14,000-2,000 BCE): humans developed tools, created paintings and sculptures, and lived in permanent shelters.
  • Three periods of the Stone Age: Paleolithic (old stone age), Mesolithic (middle stone age), and Neolithic (new stone age).

Prehistoric Art

  • Refers to art created before written historical records began.
  • Examples of prehistoric art include Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic art.

Egyptian Art

  • Developed due to the indespensability and utility of art in Egyptian culture.
  • Associated with religion and the pharaohs.
  • Three periods of Egyptian civilization: Old Kingdom (Age of Pyramids), Middle Kingdom (Political Hierarchy), and New Kingdom (Golden Age).

Notable Artworks and Artists

  • Narmer Palette: a symbol that commemorates the unification of upper and lower Egypt, featuring dark colors around King Narmer's eyes.
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza: one of the architectural wonders of ancient Egypt, a testament to the civilization's power and sophistication.

Test your knowledge on the concept of 'soul making' in art, as illustrated by the artist Noy Narciso. Explore the meaning behind transforming experiences into images and compositions through art.

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