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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Content Of 2 D Visual Art

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

Possible Answers:

the insertion of himself into his group paintings

portraits of individuals

a use of very rich and dark colors

dramatic use of lighting

large-form landscapes

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 #441 : Renaissance To Contemporary 2 D Art

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

Possible Answers:

landscapes

portraits

domestic scenes

historic paintings

still lifes

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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