Hello everyone and welcome to Week 10 of ART F261X.

Please do the following before 11:59pm, SUNDAY, November 6th.

1. Go through the material in the Jewish and Early Christian wing.

2. Respond to the discussion questions posted in the Slack channels #week9part1 and #week9part2.   Remember to comment on at least two of your classmate’s responses.

Slack channel #week10part1

  • Graven Images: The Second Commandment warns against the creation of images that could be used as false idols. “Do not have any other gods before Me. Do not represent [such] gods by any carved statue or picture of anything in the heaven above, on the earth below, or in the water below the land. Do not bow down to [such gods] or worship them. I am God your Lord, a God who demands exclusive worship.” (Exodus 20:3-6) How does art in early Jewish and Christian art reflect or circumvent this?

Slack channel #week10part2

  • Syncretism: Early Jewish and Christian artists assimilated imagery and forms from Roman culture and gave them new meanings. This process, something that we have seen throughout this semester, is a type of syncretism, or the blending of cultures and ideas from different places. Reflect on how this manifests in the artwork we looked at this week?