Select one of the following pairs of items below to compare and contrast. An effective compare and contrast will address both formal and contextual analysis, a link to both handouts are included. Additional questions have been listed to help the comparison/contrast process.
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- 4-1, Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, fron Rome, Italy, c. 359.
- 6-21, Gislebertus, Last Judgment, west tympanum of St. Lazare, Autun, France. c. 1120-1135
How did each example depict a specific subject in Christianity? What story or stories is being shown? Where is the main focus?
- 4-4, Interior of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy, c. 504.
- 5-6, Prayer hall of the Mezquita (Great Mosque), Cordoba, Spain, 8th to 10th centuries.
How did each example accommodate worshippers? Where is the main focus? Which do you think is the best solution for religious ceremonies? How does this information help you better understand the religious traditions of both examples?
- 4-10, 4-11, 4-12, Anthemus of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, interior of Hagia Sophia (view looking southwest), longitudinal section (left) and plan (right) of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), 532-537.
- 7-1, 7-9, Interior of Chartres Cathedral (view facing east), Chartres, France, begun 1194,Chartres Cathedral, aerial view, France, c. 1145-1170.
How did each example accommodate worshippers? Where is the main focus? Which do you think is the best solution for religious ceremonies? What were some of the additional uses of the structures?
- Hiberno-Saxon manuscript: 6-3 Cross-inscribed carpet page, Lindisfarne Gospels
- Koran manuscript with kufic script: 5-12, Koran page
How did scribes illustrate the importance of the subject of the manuscript in both examples? What traditions are evident in each example? How much emphasis is placed on the importance of each example? Which manuscript would you like to examine in person? Why?
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