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Read attached two readings. Then select one of the following pairs of works; each were discussed in lectures. In a 550-700 word paper, compare the two works of art. What similarities and differences do you notice? What is at the root of these similarities? How do their cultural contexts explain their differences? Focus on what you can see in the image and draw on information from lectures and readings.
Pairs: Pair 1: Barberini Ivory, c 525 CE, Byzantine; and Charlemagne equestrian statue, Bronze, mid 9th century
Pair 2: Hagia Sophia, 532-537 CE, Istanbul, Byzantine; and Great Mosque of Damascus, 706-15 CE, Damascus Syria
Focus on the formal qualities of the two works of art, and compare these formal qualities in your notes.
After comparing the formal elements, consider the social and historical contexts behind both works.
Do not do outside research