Fertility

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This statue is from the New York City Metropolitan Museum, and it was made in ca. 4500-4000 B.C. The statue is called Marble female figure. This statue is not Aphrodite because it was created from a different culture, which most likely have different religion, but in a way she is because they both have similar statuses. Such as, Aphrodite is the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty. This statue has full legs and buttocks, which also indicates fertility. They both have similarities when it comes to child making. However, in the terms of their physical appearance, it is quite different because according to pictures from google Aphrodite looks slim, and ethereal. The statue mainly have curves around on its buttocks, breasts, and waist. Honestly, the statue looks like it would do a better job bearing a child. In the translated version of Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite by William Blake Tyrrell, Aphrodite loves to get gods and goddess involved with mortal women and men, and in a way it shows her power in fertility because it is getting goddesses and female mortals pregnant.

  • “…she mingled gods with mortal women who bore mortal sons to immortals and that she mixed goddesses with mortal men…” (lines 50-53). Aphrodite’s sneaky behavior gets god and goddess involved with mortals, and most of the time demi gods (half human, half god) are created because of her influence. She eventually get into trouble because of these tactics. Zeus messes with her, then she ended up having intercourse with a mortal and giving birth to Aeneas.

Becky, Team Hera

Impressionism

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I took this picture a few weeks ago when I visited the MET museum for my final paper. The title of this painting is Fleur de Lis, and it is painted by Robert Reid in ca. 1895-1900. I found this painting interesting because the colors are not blended fully together, and it somehow makes it pretty. Also, minimum colors are used in this work. The medium used for this work is oil on canvas, which means that the texture of the paint can vary depending on the artists’ purpose.

Before the creation of this painting was Paul Cezanne’s, The Basket of Apples. Cezanne’s work is considered to be a post-impressionism art style, a style that is against academic paintings or paintings with the classical traditional art style. Robert Reid “…was among the founding members of the Ten American Painters, a loosely defined group of French-trained artists associated with impressionism” (Metmuseum.org). He was most likely influenced by Cezanne’s post-impressionism art style. Some features of impressionism are the way the colors are not fully blended, the visible brush strokes, and the tiny hint of abstract within the leaves.

Becky, Team Hera

Lady looking at the mirror

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I found this painting while walking around the Met Museum. The title of this painting is The Penitent Magdalen, and it is painted by George de La Tour in ca. 1640. This painting features a woman who is a sinner, or a courtesan. She is looking at a mirror while holding a skull at the same time, and the only source of light is the candlelight.

The reason why I chose this paining is because it looks very intriguing and interesting. The contrast of lightness and darkness pulls the viewers in. I would relate this painting to Caravaggio, Calling of St. Matthew because both artists uses the chiaroscuro technique to focus on the main subject. Both paintings are connected to Christ and their spiritual enlightenment (the light that is directed towards them represents enlightenment).

Some differences between The Penitent Magdalen and Calling of St. Matthew is the mood and movement. The mood in George de La Tour’s painting is quiet, dark, and peaceful. In contrast, the mood in Caravaggio’s painting is unexpectedness and curious. The movement probably play a role in creating the mood because the woman is sitting still while looking at the mirror, and the men are counting money and focused on different things.

Brooklyn Bridge

 

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I took this picture around March while walking on the bridge with my mom and sister. While taking this picture, I thought that the bridge from the center point of view looked really nice. This is similar to the lesson about one linear perspective that we learned in class.

The elements of linear perspective are the vanishing point, the horizon line, and the orthogonals. The vanishing point is all the way at the top, near the center, and it is circled in green. The horizontal line that goes straight to the vanishing point is lined in purple. The orthogonals are lined in yellow, they are all diagonals that lead towards the vanishing point.

Grace Church

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Whenever I walk home on this route I would always see this tall, and structured church. The church in this picture is called Grace Church, it is located near Union Square and it takes up a whole block, this is just a picture of one of its columns.

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This is a picture from google and if I were to compare it to an architecture I learned in class it would be most similar to the Basilica of Santa Sabina, except without all the arches, and with more benches. Both buildings have a long nave that leads to the main centerpiece, and both have clerestory windows that provide lighting in the building. I have been in the church once and I remember how blue the interior was because of the tinted windows, it was really cool. It was clear that there is a difference between the exterior of Grace Church and Basilica of Santa Sabina. The church is much more dramatic compared to the simple Basilica.

Alexander the Great is indeed Great

Michelle L., Friend, 18, Manhattan her home

Q1: Do you know who Alexander the Great was?

A1: He was the king of Ancient Greece.

Q2: What do you know about him?

A2: I don’t really know much about him.

Q3: Where did you learn about him?

A3: Global history class in 9th grade.

Amy C., Sister, 20, Home

Q1: Do you know who Alexander the Great was?

A1: Heard him name before, maybe a conqueror.

Q2: What do you know about him?

A2: Nothing much.

Q3: Where did you learn about him?

A3: History class in high school.

Christina D., Friend, 18, Home through phone

Q1: Do you know who Alexander the Great was?

A1: Yes.

Q2: What do you know about him?

A2: Mostly forgot but he’s some empire dude.

Q3: Where did you learn about him?

A3: World History 6th grade?

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The three responses I got from my friends and family were all kind of similar. They said that Alexander was a powerful leader and a conqueror. Some people I spoke with forgot who Alexander was, but knew that he was influential at some point in history. Honestly, before this class I forgot what achievements Alexander made. Nevertheless, the leader is well known enough that even the ones who are not great at history know who he is, or has an idea of what kind of person he was. In high school my friends and I learned that Alexander was a ruler, however, we forgot most of it through the years. In class, I learned that Alexander conquered many lands: Persia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, etc and we went into more depth of the span of lands he took over. We also learned that he wore a helmet with horns, which had relation to the Gods.

“…passed on to Achaeia. And upon arriving there, he subdued many cities, and collected an army of 80,000 men” (lines 120-123). According to the reading, Pseudo-Callistenes, The Alexander Romance, after arriving to Achaeia Alexander took over many cities his army of 80,000 men. This shows how much power he had as a leader because he has the control over many individuals. Alexander has made a notable impact in our world history and it is clear to see it. My friends and family who are not very studious at least remembers that Alexander was a man that made great achievements.

 

Quiet Utopia

To many people an ideal society is where everyone work together. However, ever since we were young we were raised to be ‘future leaders of our generation’. It was expected of us that we were going to be at the top and as a person who others would look up to. According to Susan Cain, many students “…read “leadership skills” as a code for authority and dominance..”. I think that we have all put “leadership skills” or “to gain leadership skills” somewhere in our resume before. This shows that we were meant to think that society need many leaders.

However, in the article “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”, an ‘ideal society’ does not need that many leaders. A healthy running society actually needs more followers than leaders. To Susan, our society lacks followers because people are too busy striving for great things, and forgetting that working together can also lead to success. Each individual follower can apply their knowledge and creativity in their team, which makes them stronger.

I agree with this article because I don’t have many leadership qualities myself and I think it gives hope to followers to fit in society. If there are too many leaders out there, then there will most likely be conflict because everyone has different opinions and perspectives.

Plato would have probably agreed with this article, “By being trained to follow or obey them, therefore, a subject unwittingly adopting an ideology” (5). He is using a theory from Socrates to support the idea that a strong society comes from few leaders and many followers.

https://www-nytimes-com.ez-proxy.brooklyn.cuny.edu/2017/03/24/opinion/sunday/not-leadership-material-good-the-world-needs-followers.html

Cain, Susan. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” The New York Times 24 March, 2017.