Read the warm up article titled “What Made Art Valuable, Then and Now” and then respond to the prompt questions below.
Respond to the following, numbering your response:
A commissioned artwork refers to an artwork created by an artist at the request of another person or organization. This person or organization thus becomes the patron or commissioner of the artwork. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, wealthy patrons often paid artists to create specific artworks. These patrons became a driving force in the world of art, commissioning many of the important artworks we study from these time periods.
1. Find an example of a commissioned artwork from chapter 7, 10, 11, 12, or 13. Briefly state who commissioned the artwork you chose, the artist, the artwork’s date and its style/period. (Hint: Using the search function, search for the keyword “commissioned” in your eBook. Ensure that you will be able to answer all prompt questions using the work you choose.)
2. What specific purpose did the patron/commissioner intend this object or image to serve? Is the patron or commissioner’s identity represented or alluded to in the artwork? If so, in what way?
3. What types of images are commissioned in today’s society? And what are their functions?
Write an original post in your own words addressing all aspects of the discussion prompt.
Write 150-500 words (excluding citation information).
Directly address and fully develop all aspects of the prompt.
Cite at least one image from the eBook Art: A Brief History, as an example in your post. Directly discuss the cited image to support your comments. Include the image’s page number, name of artist, and title of the work in your posting.
Link to Ebook Art A Brief History