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Survey II Essay Choices

You will choose one topic on which to write. The paper should be at least four pages typed, double-spaced and use a 12 point font. You must include at least three resources as evidence of your research in a bibliography (No Wikipedia please). It will be due by July 21.


1) Examine the influence of the Protestant Reformation on the art of Northern Europe. Choose at least two artists to use as examples.


2) Looking at the work of Michelangelo, examine how the changing politics and religious beliefs of the day affected his artistic output.


3) Using two to three artists as your examples, explain why the center of the art world shifted to New York after the two World Wars.


4) Using two artists as your examples, examine the difference in artistic approach between the Neo-Classicists and the Romantic artists of the late 18th and early 19th century.

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Question 2: Religious and Political Influences To Michelangelo’s Art
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Question 2: Religious and Political Influences To Michelangelo’s Art
Michelangelo is among the painters that people reckoned as being unconventional and
many critics today agree that he was indeed an artist that stood out among his peers. The Italian
artist was born in 1475, and by his early 20’s he had already created the Sleeping Cupid as a
statue that today is left for lost among ancient Roman ruins. He would later in his 30s’s come up
with another remarkable piece in The Torment of Saint Anthony where he suggests that the artist
was much influenced by his experiences and the beliefs he held about the world relative to the
social surrounding. Characteristic of his art were an allusion to Christian doctrine and beliefs.
Michelangelo might have made most of his frescoes and sculpture for the church more than any
other assignee(Hibbard, 2018). However, his role as an artist and social influence determined
much of his art, and as he faced different scenarios, Michelangelo’s continued to be himself in
his art. Michelangelo’s art was thus profoundly influenced by religion in the Catholic society, but
he also maintained a humanist aspect and was also able to communicate his unique personality,
style and philosophy toward art.
Religion and politics tended to hallmark Michelangelo’s art every time he made a piece.
The torment of Saint Anthony is one of such instances. In this piece, the author takes a religious
context towards his real-life experiences and is not the only one among his artwork...

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