Research Paper, Visual Arts and Film Studies

Ancient Art Unit 2 DB

Project description

From the list below, choose one Greek work of art and one Roman work of art and compare and contrast them according to the criteria listed:

Greek Art

Roman Art

The Doryphoros (Polykleitos, 450 BCE)

Augustus of Primaporta (c. 20 BCE)

The Laocoon Group (1st Century, CE)

Marcus Agrippa with Imperial Family (South frieze from the Ara Pacis, 13-9 CE)

Nike of Samothrace (c. 190 BCE)

She-Wolf (c. 500 BCE)

The Temple of Athena (427“424 BCE)

The Colosseum (72“80 CE)

The Parthenon (447“438 BCE)

The Arch of Constantine (313 CE)


Answer the following list of questions in a comparative essay to evaluate your choices. Be sure to introduce the works you have chosen.

What is the FORM of the work?

Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?

What materials are used?

What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork?

What colors are used?

Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.

Does the work of art have SUBJECT MATTER?

If so, what is literally depicted?


What is the CONTENT?

What does it mean or represent?

What is the artist’s message?

Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?

What is the context of the artwork?

What is the function of the artwork?

What is the religious, philosophical and/or historical significance?

What traditional role of the artist is exemplified?

See the unit Resources List for Web sites that can help you write an effective compare/contrast essay.

Peer Responses can elaborate on the following topics:

Look at the images that your peer has selected. Discuss the meaning of the work: Do you think he or she interpreted the artist’s message well? What do you think the artist trying to say?

Look at other works of art by the same artist. Which artwork do you like best and why?

Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.

What does it mean or represent?