CLEP Humanities : Understanding Terminology That Describes Medieval 2D Visual Art

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Example Question #1 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Medieval 2 D Visual Art

A medieval painting composed of three separate pieces is known as a __________.

Possible Answers:

diptych

landscape

trilogy

portrait

triptych

Correct answer:

triptych

Explanation:

A triptych, from Greek words meaning "three fold," was often placed at the altar of medieval and early modern European churches. The paintings allowed for three separate scenes to be shown in one place, which allowed both the artist to depict three related topics and show the viewer a larger scene than one panel would allow. Triptychs were largely used for religious topics in the middle ages, but have remained a popular style up to the present day.

Example Question #2 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Medieval 2 D Visual Art

In medieval religious art, a painting depicting the Madonna and Child feature which biblical figures?

Possible Answers:

John the Baptist and Jesus Christ

The Risen Christ and Mary Magdalene

Satan and the Whore of Babylon

The Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus

Abraham and Sarah

Correct answer:

The Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus

Explanation:

Among the most important and widely painted images in Medieval art were depictions of the Madonna and Child. These paintings, depicting the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus, were meant to show the two holiest figures in Medieval Catholicism to the illiterate believers of the church in the middle ages.

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