AP Art History : Identifying artists, works, or schools of Romanesque 2D art

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Romanesque 2 D Art

The Lindisfarne Gospels, Durham Gospels, and the Book of Kells are all examples of __________.

Possible Answers:

Poor Man's Bibles

illuminated manuscripts

catechisms

tapestries

Correct answer:

illuminated manuscripts

Explanation:

Illuminated manuscripts, typically but not always Bibles or books of the Bible, were some of the highest forms of art of the Middle Ages. The Lindisfarne Gospels, Durham Gospels, and the Book of Kells are among the chief examples of illustrated manuscripts from the British Isles in the early Middle Ages. Art from the British Isles during this time period is referred to as being in the "insular style," which refers to the art produced in the islands between the departure of the Romans and the Norman Conquest.

Example Question #2 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Romanesque 2 D Art

What is not true concerning the Bayeux Tapestry?

Possible Answers:

It is a woven tapestry.

It is 230 feet long.

It is embroidered fabric.

It was commissioned by Bishop Odo.

Correct answer:

It is a woven tapestry.

Explanation:

The Bayeux Tapestry is actually an embroidered fabric, not a woven tapestry. It was commissioned by the English Bishop Odo, and it is 230 feet long and 20 inches high.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Romanesque 2 D Art

Which of the following can NOT be found represented on the Bayeux Tapestry?

Possible Answers:

Notre Dame Cathedral

William the Conqueror

Halley's Comet

Man-bearing ships

Correct answer:

Notre Dame Cathedral

Explanation:

The Bayeux Tapestry is like a Romanesque illuminated manuscript depicting the Battle of Hastings and its foregoing events. It is set in Normandy and England. Since Paris is not part of the setting, Notre Dame cathedral (which wasn't yet constructed) is not depicted.

Example Question #4 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Romanesque 2 D Art

Which of the following is NOT TRUE concerning the Bayeux Tapestry?

Possible Answers:

It depicts the Battle of Hastings

It exemplifies continuous narration, i.e., it tells a story sequentially

In style, its figures resemble those on a Romanesque illuminated manuscript

It is a woolen tapestry woven in Flanders

Correct answer:

It is a woolen tapestry woven in Flanders

Explanation:

The Bayeux Tapestry is actually an embroidery of wool thread on linen, not a woven tapestry. Its sequential panels tell the story of the Battle of Hastings and its preceding events. The figures' flat and out-of-proportion appearance resembles that of figures on medieval manuscripts.

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