1.What is a vanitas still life, and what message did these paintings communicate?
2. Visit the Google Art Project: http://www.googleartproject.com/ (Links to an external site.). Rubens painted Venus and Cupidin the early 17th century. The painting is now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Look at the painting and pay close attention to Cupid, “a child with wings.” How did Rubens present a figure with wings without the figure looking unbelievable or strange? Examine not only the area of “attachment,” but also the areas adjacent.
3. Compare the two images in how they each handle light, composition, and color to help impact the viewer. Contrast the psychological and spiritual themes evident in these two images. (I uploaded the images)
4.Explain how Versailles embodied French ideas about absolute monarchy.
5. Take a virtual tour of Versailles ( http://www.chateauversailles.fr/en/ (Links to an external site.) ) and find answers to the following questions. Use the dark bar along the bottom of each page of the website to navigate through the content pages.
- Which rooms are described in the section called “State Apartments?” What special interactive feature is available on this page?
- Why does Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” say “L’Etat c’est moi?”
- How does the water for the fountains move through the gardens (park)?
- What is the significance of the king’s bedchamber and what interactive feature is available on this page?
- In the section titled “Past and Present Life,” find the page describing the king’s day. Summarize the royal day.
6. Discuss the effect of religious and economic conditions on the art of Holland and Flanders during the seventeenth century.