Art 101: Prehistoric through Medieval Art
Spring 2003

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Date Due: February 3, 2003

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Worksheet #1
Chapter 1: Prehistoric Art

Read the article The Original Rock Diva by accessing the textbook's companion website www.prenhall.com/janson, clicking on Chapter 1, going to "Instructor's Resources" and clicking on the link entitled "Problems in art history."

How old do scientists believe the Venus of Willendorf to be? Briefly describe the process by which experts have come to this conclusion.

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Numerous figures of this type have been found throughout Europe. What features do they generally share? What specific bodily features do not seem to have been of importance?

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Statuettes of this type are very generalized and do not seem to portray specific individuals. According to the author, what was the purpose behind this generality? Do you agree or disagree?

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Numerous theories have been proposed as to the possible purposes early man may have had for creating such statuettes as the Venus of Willendorf. What are some of these proposed theories?

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What purposes do you think early man might have had for these artworks? Explain.

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