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How does the art object function within the context of its culture/religion, what is its role, how are you able to determine this?

2.5-3 pages minimum, double-spaced, MLA style
In this class, you learned about darshana, the act of seeing central to the veneration of a deity.
This term implies an interaction between devotee and the divine.
This paper will focus on the act of seeing and the interaction between you, the viewer, and an
object of art. You will choose an art object that we have viewed in our course materials
(readings, films, or images), and sit or stand in front of the image for 30 minutes. During this
time, concentrate on seeing the object, establishing visual contact.
Your response will include a detailed written account of your experience: How did you feel?
What did you see? Try to describe the state of your mind throughout this exercise. Also include
a desrption of the object you chose, and why you chose it. **Be sure to incorporate textual
support from our class readings in your paper with the proper citations. You may use
additional sources as well. Include a Works Cited page.** Your paper will also address
such questions as:
How does the art object function within the context of its culture/religion, what is
its role, how are you able to determine this?
In what ways does the figure or image reflect the goals and/or practices of its
respective religious tradition?
Based on our study of religious art in class, are you able to determine how the
object was created, and/or what the role of the artist was in its creation? How
does this relate to the objects historical and/or religious context?
Do you recognize religious symbols within the object? In what ways do
these symbols reflect the religious tradition?

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