Before Our Eyes: The Collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Art

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The Minneapolis Institute of Art has many beautiful collections. The evening class that we art students attended proved to be informative as well as relaxing. The class covered looking at what we had recently studied in the first section. The ancient near east, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Aegean art were the subjects of our evening. Everyone was able to see the Doryphorus, which was accented by decorative streamers hanging from the ceiling. We were also able to observe pieces that were similar to ones studied. It was a change to go on a class trip to the Institute, because compared to sitting walking around while looking at art is always pleasant. When ambling through the rooms of art, I had a variety of …show more content…
The Birds with Foliage caught my eye because of the hidden meaning of faith incorporated into it. The birds meant the soul of a person, and the pomegranates meant (seasons) spring, which alluded to the Christian faith, The Ibex was interesting because if how intricate the chalice was. The goat cup handle was something I thought was unique, and adorable at the same time. Crouching Lion captivated me. I loved how the artist captured the ferocity and nobility. It is clearly going to crouch, he is robust and ready to spring, while at the same time, its gorgeous mane was alive and flowing. The frog (though it was so small) stood out to me because they are some of the only cute, little amphibians that are not disgusting. Frogs are certainly tiny subjects for art. They were also worshiped in the ancient near east, and that gave them reason to be subjects for art. These pieces were all wonderful to see again, and I was able to look at them in a different way than I had before because of what had been covered in class. There was a great variety of pieces that our class visited, and a few of them did not particularly hold my interest. Among the first that I saw were the female figures. The Venus Figure (Room 236), a Paleolithic sculpture from France (whose date of 20,000 B.C. is questionable) reminded me of the grotesque Venus of Willendorf (Gardner, 1-5). The Egyptian Faiyum Funeral Masks (Room 236) from 4000

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