Chapter 5 Reading Guide

5.3 Socio-cultural Contexts

5.3.1 – Historical Context
What is a still life? What is genre painting?
What are major, cultural events that impacted painting in late 15th and early 16th century in the Netherlands?
What can the historical context let us know about 15h/16th century still life painting?
5.3.2 – Social Context
Lilly Martin Spencer, Conversation Piece
5.3.3 – Personal or Creative Narrative Context
Charles Demuth, The Figure 5 in Gold
Georgia O’Keeffe, Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue, 1931
5.3.4 – Political Context
Pear Blossoms, Qian Xuan, 1290, ChinaBamboo and Rocks, Li Kan (1318), China
Francisco Goya, “The Disasters of War”, 82 etchings, Y no hai Remedio,
5.3.5 – Scientific Context
What is the Gold Ratio?
Leonardo Da Vinci: investigation of human anatomy
What were some of the impacts the invention of photography have?

5.4 Symbolism and Iconography

5.4.1 – Changes in Meaning of Symbols and Iconography
What is symbolism?
What is a symbol?
What is iconography?
What can a cross symbolize?
What can a swastika represent?
5.4.2 – Symbolism, Iconography, and Visual Literacy
What is visual literacy?
What impact does visual literacy have on your understanding of images?
Ritual Vase from Warka, 3200 – 3000 BCE, present-day Iraq
5.4.3 – Symbolism and Iconography in Mythology and Storytelling