- From the list below, choose one Greek work of art and one Roman work of art and compare and contrast them according to the criteria listed:
The Doryphoros (Polykleitos, 450 BCE)
Augustus of Primaporta (c. 20 BCE)
The Laocoon Group (1st Century, CE)
Marcus Agrippa with Imperial Family (South frieze from the Ara Pacis, 13-9 CE)
Nike of Samothrace (c. 190 BCE)
She-Wolf (c. 500 BCE)
The Temple of Athena (427-424 BCE)
The Colosseum (72-80 CE)
The Parthenon (447-438 BCE)
The Arch of Constantine (313 CE)
Answer the following list of questions in a comparative essay to evaluate your choices. Be sure to introduce the works you’ve chosen.
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What is the FORM of the work (the overall structure including line, shape, texture, value, color and balance)?
Does the work have SUBJECT MATTER (if so, what is literally depicted)?
What is the CONTENT (what is the religious, philosophical and/or historical significance)?