World Cultures

ART 329 – WORLD ART I – World Cultures Paper

Procedure: Select one world culture to write upon from the list on the next page. These are cultures that we will be discussing or referencing in this course. For the culture you choose, find the culture listed on the Image List, so you will know the time period of the work or works we are studying from that culture. This is the time period that you are reporting on for that culture.

Look up basic information about the culture at that period in history and write an overview of its main characteristics: what time in history it flourished during; what geographical region it covered; what was its capital or most important city/cities or centers; how was it organized politically and ruled; how was the society organized socially; what were its main beliefs and/or religion; what were its main occupations/type of work; what was new and important about this culture – what was its significance or what did it contribute; did it influence or dominate other societies/cultures of the time; what were its main art and architecture forms – did it introduce a new or a distinctive type of art?

Also – select ONE work of art from the culture that is typical of it and/or

famous. Briefly discuss it and include a photocopy or print-out of it.

Try to make your overview not just a listing of facts but also be about the significance and historical importance of the culture.

Resources: In the Barry Library, consider consulting a print source:

Dictionary of Art, 33 vols., with Index in vol. 34; Ref: N31, D5, 1966

“Gardner”: Tansey, R.G. and Kleiner, F.S., Gardner’s Art Through the

Ages, 10th edition, 1996; on permanent Reserve, must be used in Library

You can also check Janson, H.W., History of Art, 5th edition, 1997, also on


You also must consult at least FOUR online sources. Use of Wikipedia is


You will end up with a minimum of 4 sources consulted. You can also use your textbook, by Bell, but it does not count as one of the 4 required sources . All these sources need to be listed on a final page of “Sources Used.” There is no specified citation format you need to follow; just be thorough and accurate. For books/encyclopedias, cite author, title, publisher, place and date of publication, pages used, volume # of encyclopedia. For online sources, give complete URL/website address, date accessed, title or subject, author if given. No footnotes, endnotes, or in-text citations are needed.

Format: Typed, double spaced, with no larger than 12 pt. font and 1 inch margins.

Paper to Cover page; three (or more) pages of text; a Sources Used page; and

Include: a photocopy or print-out of the work you discuss.

IMPORTANT: All writing must be your own. Do not copy texts from sources consulted. If you use someone else’s words, it is plagiarism, resulting in an automatic F. Do NOT USE quotations; the writing must be entirely in your own words. Titles of art works should be underlined or italicized, NOT in “quotation marks.”

Topics in World Cultures: ANCIENT (up to 200 CE; slides 1-52, 54, 57)

Near East / Africa: Asia / South Asia:

Catal Huyuk culture Harappan

Sumer / Sumerian Bactrian

Egyptian (Old Kingdom or New Kingdom) Shang China

Persian (Achaemenid) Emperor Qin culture

Nok Scythian


Japan (Ise culture)

Europe: Australia / Pacific:

Stonehenge culture Aboriginal (ancient)

Minoan Easter Island culture

Classical Greek (500-350 BCE)

Hellenistic Greek Americas:

Roman (200 BCE – 200 CE) Olmec

Old Stone Age/cave paintings culture Moche

World Cultures: MEDIEVAL (roughly : 200 CE – 1400 CE ; slides 53, 55, 56, 58-72 )

Near East / Africa: Asia / South Asia:

Islamic (period of Isfahan Great Mosque) Khmer (period of Angkor Wat)

Mali (period of Djenne Mosque) Indian (period of Bhubaneshwar temples)

Zimbabwe (period of Great Zimbabwe)


Americas: Europe:

Teotihuacan culture Moorish (Southern Spain)

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