During the 17th century, the
Counter-Reformation led to wars of religion, including the Thirty Years War in
Germany, and the Eighty Years War, or the Dutch War of Independence. these wars
are considered among two of the most brutal wars in Western history.
Superimposed on these wars was the theory of the Divine Right of kings, a
political and religious belief where God selected kings and those kings were
not subject to earthly authority including the will of the people, the
aristocracy or religious leaders.
The implication of this theory is that it is sacrilege to attempt to restrict
the king’s will.
Part I: In a minimum of two pages,
answer the following questions: How were artists affected by the constant
warfare of the 17th century? How did the theory of the
Divine Right influence artists—or did it?
Part II: For Unit 3, you will create
a work of art inspired by a 17th or 18th century building, painting or
sculpture. Before you can complete this project, however, you must understand
the development of these works
and how the architect/artist was influenced by the historical events during his
or her life. Please be sure to review and begin the assignment this week as it
is a significant part of your grade for this course. After you have reviewed
the assignment, begin
your research and submit a one-paragraph outline of your plan for your work of
Deliverable length: 2 pages minimum
plus one paragraph outline for Course Gallery assignment