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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Online article “Cross-cultural interpretations of imagery in the Middle Ages”

Country: Bulgaria
Century: 1300 - The 14th Century
Topic: Old-Bulgarian manuscript from 1344 – 1345 - an old-Bulgarian transcript of the Manasses Chronicle
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Name of Author(s): Barbara Zeitler
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Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: General audience, teachers
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Availability of community:
article welcomes reader comments
Objectives & Structure:
This article gives very well structured art-historical analysis of the engagement between East and West in the Middle Ages, the "influence" of Byzantine art on the art of the medieval West. The encounter is considered in much broader terms as the interaction of two related, yet very different cultures. From the perspective of the visual arts, this encounter is analyzed in terms of one culture perceiving the visual imagery of the other. The analysis involves other objects in addition to the Manasses chronicle, but it is nonetheless an excellent learning instrument.
The article is most appropriate for teachers in arts and history of arts, who can use the contents for their classes.

The provided information can be incorporated into a training course, which provides strong analysis of the art in the Manasses chronicle and a comparison with other similar cultural elements.
Description of contents:
The article is not divided into sections. The analysis entwines different comparisons and historical-cultural elements connected with Byzantine influence.
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: good
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: good
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: fair
Exploitation of the electronic potential: fair
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: poor
Quality of the evaluation tools: poor
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
How the product could be improved?: The high mark is given due to the good material. The mark is not the highest however, due to the fact that there are no visuals supporting the material and there is a complete lack – again – of any exercising or testing materials. Such can be a
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
This article is suitable to be used with the students. Its contents can be used for discussions as well as for autonomous learning. The best way of using it would be if it is combined with the images presented at:
Evaluation Date: 16 May 2008
Name of teacher: Boryana Borislavova Vasileva
Name of School: 21 High school ”Hristo Botev”
Country: Bulgaria
Subjects Taught: Ceramics, computer graphics, art history, painting

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