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HA 112 History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era

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Do you need to select art works/s and analyze them in terms of context - the cultural, social, religious, political, and/or historical context?  Do you need to consider the arena it was made for - public vs. private, or the patronage or physical location, economic aspects, and environment - court vs. republic, for example? What about the status of the artist and artistic competition in the time period? Try the suggestions on this page!


Mezzetin, by Jean Antoine Watteau,
ca. 1718–20


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