As part of the core curriculum, every PC student will take a Fine Arts class at one point in our college careers. To fulfill this requirement, I signed up for Art of the Ancient Classical World with Dr. Thomas Strasser this semester and, even though I probably wouldn’t have ever taken this course without the Fine Arts requirement, I can honestly say I’m happy to be taking it and it has become one of my favorite courses thus far. Not only is the material interesting (we’re learning about the architecture, sculpture, and other works from Ancient Greece and Rome), but Dr. Strasser has been to Greece on excavations numerous times, so he’ll often share his stories during lecture.
For our final assignment, we were tasked with visiting the RISD Museum of Art in Providence and using what we had learned throughout the semester to analyze a piece of art from the Ancient Greek and Roman Exhibit. I thought this was a really neat assignment. I had never been to the RISD Museum before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. One afternoon, my friend and I ventured over to RISD together and we were both really impressed with all the museum had to offer in terms of displays.
There’s art in all forms from just about any time period, so we wandered around for awhile, looking at paintings, figurines, and even clothing from the 17th century all the way up to modern day. Eventually, we made our way to the Greek and Roman Exhibit and it had a few pieces similar to those we had discussed in class, and so much more. While looking through the exhibit, we would try and guess the date and style of many of the pieces (we’re such nerds ), and the fact that we knew the historical background behind a lot of the pieces made this a more meaningful experience for us. We viewed the art differently than we would have if we didn’t have any background or knowledge in ancient art.
Here are a few pictures I took of the Greek and Roman Exhibit:
I’m happy I decided to take this class. Not only did it get me to the RISD Museum (which really is wonderful – everyone in Providence should check it out!), but it truly has given me more of an appreciation for art. It’s also shown me just how much modern architecture is influenced by the Greeks and Romans. Just walking around campus and the city of Providence, there are so many structures that have features of ancient architecture, and I personally think that’s pretty cool.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!