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Tutor profile: Dan W.

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Dan W.
BA and MA in Art History, PhD in Classical Archaeology
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Subject: European History

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What are three questions one should always keep in mind when reading a primary source?

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Possible answers: 1. What is true about the author's account? 2. What needs to to be verified from another source? 3. What cannot be proven or disproven? 4. From what perspective is the author writing? 5. Is the author a contemporary, or using other sources?

Subject: Art History

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Define "Hierarchy of Scale" and give an example of its use in art.

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Hierarchy of Scale is an artistic convention where the size of an object indicates its degree of importance. An example of this is in the south portal of Saint-Pierre in Moissac (and other pilgrimage churches), where Christ is the largest figure, the Gospel authors second largest, and the Elders the smallest.

Subject: AP Art History

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Roman Art has been described as "eclectic." Briefly state why this is the case and describe a work of sculpture, painting AND architecture that support this.

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Roman Art has been described as "eclectic" because the Romans were liberal in their use of borrowed forms from other civilizations and often mixed them together. A sculptural example is the so-called General of Tivoli (1st C. BCE) where the Classical Greek youthful body is contrasted with the veristic face asserting that the subject has the vitality of youth as well as the wisdom of age. In painting we see the Third Style from the time of Augustus, which combines the architectural motifs of Second Style the large blocks of color and faux marble of First Style. In architecture, there are the composite capitals of the Arch of Titus (1st C. CE) which combine the Ionic volutes with the Corinthian Acanthus leaves.

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