In this discussion, you will explore iconography in art. Remember that meanings vary across cultures and time periods, so you will need to conduct sufficient research to make sure you are conveying the intended meaning of the work.
Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, select an artwork from the Renaissance or Baroque periods. You can select from the list provided in this activity or select a different work from one of the time periods. Make sure to check with your instructor if you are unsure about the suitability of your selection.
In a graphic or presentation, identify the symbols and examine the iconography in the artwork. Address at least five (5) items in the artwork. Upload the file as your discussion initial post.
Note: a symbol is something that stand for something else. If you claim, for example, that a figure in a painting who is clearly St. Francis is a symbol of St. Francis, that is incorrect. The artist is trying to depict St. Francis. That is not a symbol of St. Francis. However, St. Francis might have wounds on his hands and feet, which relate to the wounds that Christ suffered on the cross (something referencing/symbolizing something else). That is an iconographical analysis.
Do not use the artwork in the example. Do not use an artwork you have selected for a previous activity.
This assignment does not require extensive writing but significant research is needed to demonstrate your understanding of the iconography of the artwork. If you cannot find sufficient information on a work of art, select a different one.
Integrate at least 2 reliable resources and include alternate meanings, if any exist. You may need to locate additional sources to find sufficient information on the artwork.
- How to integrate: Incorporate paraphrased ideas from the sources, including both in-text and reference citation.
- How to check reliability: You will need to locate the author and determine if the author is an expert on the topic (will likely have an advanced degree in art history or a related area). If no author is discernible or the author is not reliable, locate a different source. The library is a good place to find reliable sources. You may also find some good resources on museum websites or in Google Books.
Use complete sentences and provide adequate details for clarity. Do not assume that the analysis is clear with just a few words.
Use your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the iconography. Do not use quotes. Make sure to cite your sources with in-text citations and reference citations. Remember that you need to cite borrowed ideas even if they are in your own words.
List of Artists
- Andrea del Sarto – Madonna of the Harpies; The Annunciation
- Bosch – Garden of Earthly Delights; The Magician (or The Conjurer); The Crucifixion of St Julia
- Botticelli – La Primavera, Birth Of Venus, The Punishment of Korah and the Stoning of Moses and Aaron
- Caravaggio – Bacchus; The Calling of St. Matthew
- Claesz – Vanitas Still Life (1625); Vanitas with Violin and Glass Ball; Vanitas still life with Spinario
- Donatello – David
- Grunewald – Isenheim Altarpiece
- Lucas Cranach the Elder – Adam and Eve; St. Jerome; Apollo and Diana
- Masaccio – Holy Trinity; The Tribute Money
- Metsu: Man Writing a Letter; Women Reading a Letter
- Piero della Francesca – Blind Cupid; The Flagellation of Christ
- Pieter de Hooch – The Courtyard of a House in Delft; The Girl with a Basket in a Garden
- Pollaiuolo – The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian
- Raphael – The School of Athens; The Cardinal Virtues
- Rembrandt – The Lapidation of Saint Stephen; Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
- Rubens – The Arrival of Marie deMedici in Marseilles; The Fall of Man; The Disembarkation at Marseilles
- Steen – The Doctor’s Visit; The Merry Family; Beware of Luxury
- Titian – Sacred and Profane Love; Bacchus and Ariadne; The Venus of Urbino
- Vermeer – Woman Holding A Balance
Secondary Post Instructions
Respond to the posts of two peers by addressing the following:
- How would the work be interpreted by contemporary viewers if they did not have the background research to understand the cultural iconography and context?
- Do any of the symbols transcend time — that is, would they be used today? Explain.
- Optional: Add to the analysis. This will require research on your part. Look up your peers artwork and address items he/she didnt, or go into additional depth about the symbols iconography already noted.
This is not meant to be an I agree or I disagree sort of response, but rather an exchange of ideas and opinions backed with support.
- Do not repeat your peers posts.
- Do not repeat your own initial post as a response to a peer.
- Consider the secondary posts like a conversation with your peers. Connect to what was said by going beyond, digging deeper, exploring further.
Tips for Success
Make sure to conduct research for both initial and secondary posts.
Be clear in your presentation of information. Refer to the following example for one way to present your information:
- Link (PDF): Week 4 Discussion Example
Writing and Submission Requirements
- Minimum of 1 initial post and 2 secondary posts
- Initial post length (suggested): 250-400 words
- Secondary post length (suggested): 200-300 words
- Sources cited in APA format–minimum of 2 reliable resources
"Place your order now for a similar assignment and have exceptional work written by our team of experts, guaranteeing you A results."