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(I will send pictures to write about) One of the most distinctive elements of all the cultures we are currently discussing (Byzantine, Islamic, and Early Medieval [which includes Anglo-Saxon, Hiberno-Saxon, etc.)) is that they emphasized what the modern world thinks of a “minor” art–that is, jewelry, ceramics, tapestries, etc. Yes, in most of these cultures, architecture was important, but so were those less well-known categories. So for this writing assignment, read this book review (here: https://www.west86th.bgc.bard.edu/bookreviews/from-minor-to-major-the-minor-arts-in-medieval-art-history/ (Links to an external site.)) and do the following: Select two objects from here: ArtStor Images for Writing Assignment #4 (Links to an external site.) . Before you can access the ArtStor images, you need to go to the “Los Rios Hub” page (where you log into Canvas), and click on (and enter) the Los Rios Libraries. Then come back to this, or the Assignment page, and click on the link for the images. Make sure they come from different cultures. (e.g., don’t select two Carolingian, or two Islamic, or two Hiberno-Saxon, or two Anglo Saxon, etc. One from one culture, and one from another). Write a paragraph on each, identifying the title, the culture, and the date, and explain what the function of the object was. This part will need research, which you will need to cite. In order to do research, use the title of the object. I have selected works–in general–which should be able to be found by title. If you chose something which has a less than specific title, such as a Qur’an, you will be required to write about the function of the object based on the generalized use of the work. Find two contemporary works (made after 1980) which are either in a similar category (i.e., jewelry, textiles, ceramics, books, etc.) or have the same function as the historic objects you selected for the bullet point above. Do the same for these two: identify the title, culture, and date, and explain what the function of the object was. This may need research, depending on if you select contemporary objects with which you are already familiar. Compare and contrast the four objects. You can focus on how they look, how they are made, how important they were (or weren’t) in the culture that made them, what ideas they might represent, etc. Conclude with a paragraph where you discuss the position of the so-called “minor” arts in all of the cultures, including the contemporary culture. Make sure this paragraph discusses the reasons you think the objects and their categories were/are or weren’t/aren’t important, and what that importance (or lack of it) says about the cultures generally.

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