CLEP Humanities : Identifying Sculptors, Works, and Schools of Classical Sculpture

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Example Question #1 : Identifying Sculptors, Works, And Schools Of Sculpture

The Dying Gaul is a famous Roman piece of art in which medium?

Possible Answers:

Fresco

Mural

Sculpture

Painting

Mosaic

Correct answer:

Sculpture

Explanation:

The Dying Gaul is a statue from the third century BCE and is among the most famous pieces of Roman artwork. The statue is remarkable for its tension and lines in the prone figure, who is slouching into repose from his wounds. Additionally, the face conveys an astonishing amount of pathos and misery, while also showing a perfect form in the figure's body.

Example Question #1 : Identifying Sculptors, Works, And Schools Of Classical Sculpture

Which classical Greek artist is best known for his creation of the statue of Zeus at Olympia and the Athena Parthenos in Athens?

Possible Answers:

Michelangelo

Sophocles

Homer

Phidias

Plutarch

Correct answer:

Phidias

Explanation:

Homer, Sophocles, and Plutarch are Ancient Greek poets and writers. Michelangelo worked in the Renaissance era. Phidias is the only sculptor from the classical Greek era listed.

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