CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century 2D Visual Art

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Example Question #11 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century 2 D Art

Markers of the artistic style of the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) include all of the following EXCEPT __________.

Possible Answers:

large-form landscapes

a use of very rich and dark colors

portraits of individuals

the insertion of himself into his group paintings

dramatic use of lighting

Correct answer:

large-form landscapes

Explanation:

Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age of painting during the seventeenth century. His style was notable for featuring bold colors and dramatic lighting in "everyday scenes" of commonfolk, as well as portraits and scenes out of the Bible. Almost all of Rembrandt's paintings featured people, and he almost never drew landscapes.

Example Question #12 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century 2 D Art

The painter Gilbert Stuart was most well-known for his __________.

Possible Answers:

historic paintings

landscapes

portraits

still lifes

domestic scenes

Correct answer:

portraits

Explanation:

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) was one of the very first well known American painters. During the Revolutionary Era, Stuart became essentially the "court painter" of the early American government because of his portraits of leading figures. Stuart's work includes the most famous portraits of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and many other of America's Founding Fathers.

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