129.1.1 : Foundations of Humanities The graduate assesses the development of hum

129.1.1 : Foundations of Humanities
The graduate assesses the development of humans through the study of key concepts, disciplines, and primary influences of the humanities.
129.1.2 : Classical Period
The graduate analyzes the primary contributions and characteristics of humanities during the classical period.
129.1.4 : Renaissance
The graduate analyzes the primary contributions and characteristics of humanities during the Renaissance.
129.1.6 : Neoclassicism
The graduate analyzes the primary contributions and characteristics of humanities within the neoclassical and Enlightenment period.
129.1.7 : Romanticism
The graduate analyzes the primary contributions and characteristics of humanities during the romantic period.
129.1.8 : Realism
The graduate analyzes the primary contributions and characteristics of humanities during the realism movement.
INTRODUCTION
In this task, you will write an analysis of one work (suggested length of 3–6 paragraphs total). Choose one work from one time period in the list of accepted works below:
Note: the one work you choose MUST be selected from only one of the periods in the list below.
Classical Period:
Sappho [Like the very gods] ca. 7th century B.C.E. (poetry)
Plato, Apology, ca. 399 B.C.E. (philosophy)
Hadrian, Pantheon, ca. 118-125 C.E. (architecture)
Phidias, Athena Parthenos, ca. 438 B.C.E. (model of the lost original sculpture)
Renaissance:
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments,” 1609 (poetry)
Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” ca. 1599 (poetry)
Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, ca.1470, (tempera on panel)
Michelangelo, Pietà, 1498-1499 (sculpture)
Josquin des Prez, Mille Regretz (French Chanson), c. 1521
Thomas Weelkes, Sing We at Pleasure (English madrigal), c. 1598
Enlightenment:
Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal” 1729 (satirical essay)
Mary Wollstonecraft, Excerpt from Chapter 9 from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1792 (essay)
NeoClassical:
Angelica Kauffmann, Cornelia Pointing to her Children as Her Treasures, 1785, oil on canvas
Jacques-Louis David, Oath of the Horatii, 1784, oi
Selecting and analyzing a piece of art
As a student in the introduction to humanities course you will be asked to choose art from this list. We have attempted to provide information to further aid you in this task by providing links to works which are available in the public domain. You will need to read, listen to, or view the work and then follow the steps outlined in your task.
You can search the rest of this guide to find information on how to do humanities research in the WGU library, links to available e-books on related topics, and information on doing humanities research on the open web.
Task Works
Classical Period
Literature
Sappho, “Like the very gods,” ca. 7th century B.C.E. (poetry)
Plato, Apology, ca. 399 B.C.E. (philosophy)
Art/Architecture
Hadrian, Pantheon, ca. 118-125 C.E. (architecture)
Phidias, Athena Parthenos, ca. 438 B.C.E. (model of the lost original sculpture)
Renaissance
Literature
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments,” 1609 (poetry)
Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” ca. 1599 (poetry)
Art
Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, ca. 1470 (tempura on panel)
Michelangelo, Pietà, ca. 1498-1499 (sculpture)
Music
Josquin des Prez, Mille Regretz, ca. 1521 (French chanson)
Thomas Weelkes, Sing We at Pleasure, ca. 1598 (English madrigal)
Enlightenment
Literature
Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal,” 1729 (satirical essay)
Mary Wollstonecraft, Chapter IX from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792 (essay)
Neoclassical
Art
Angelica Kauffmann, Cornelia Pointing to her Children as Her Treasures, 1785 (oil on canvas)
Jacques-Louis David, Oath of the Horatii, 1784 (oil on canvas)
Classical Music
Music
W. A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 – “Romanze” (second movement), 1785
Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 94 “Surprise Symphony” (second movement), 1792
Romanticism
Literature
John Keats, “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,” 1818 (poem)
Harriet Jacobs, Chapter 1 from “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” 1861 (autobiography)
Art
Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, c. 1819 (oil on canvas)
Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son, 1820-1823 (mural transferred to canvas)
Music
Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, 1847
Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor Concerto), 1809-1811
Realism
Literature
Guy de Maupassant, “The Necklace,” 1884 (short story)
Kate Chopin, “Désirée’s Baby,” 1893 (short story)
Art
Rosa Bonheur, The Horse Fair, 1852-1855 (oil on canvas)
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson, 1893 (oil on canvas)
Music
Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag, 1899 (piano musical composition)
Claude Debussy, Clair de lune (from the Suite Bergamasque), 1905, orchestral (originally a piano suite)

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