UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Summer Examinations: 2001/2002
GENERAL PAPER: TRADITIONS & INSTITUTIONS OF WESTERN ART
Time allowed: 3 hours.
Candidates must answer TWO questions.
Read carefully the instructions on the answer book and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.
1. What strategies might artists use to paint narratives?
2. What bearing does the monetary value of works of art have on the ways they are studied?
3. Have new technologies rendered traditional artistic media obsolete?
4. What is une architecture parlante?
5. What do you understand by the gendered gaze?
6. `Ut pictura poesis' (Horace). Discuss.
7. In creating public art, how does the artist identify a `public'?
8. (R Gimpel. of Turner's Interior at Petworth (1922): "I can't describe it, I don't know what it is, I don't see what it is. It is easier to enter into the most unreal world of the poet than into that of the painter. It is strange that we can move with such ease in the atmosphere of words and with such difficulty among the almost tangible images of painting.". Discuss
9. Is interesting art history written by those who are not art historians?
10. Do millennia have an unfortunate effect upon the arts?
11. Can the relationship between art and gender be usefully discussed without reference to social context?
12. "A national museum is one thing, a national place of education another: and the more sternly and unequivocally they are separated the better each will perform its office - the one of treasuring, and the other of teaching." (John Ruskin, 1867). Discuss.