- Compare and contrast Adolf von Menzel’s Iron Mills (Das Eisenwalzwerk—Moderne Zyklopen; translated: The Iron-Rolling Mill–Modern Cyclops; 1875; oil on canvas. Figure 30.3) with Thomas Eakins’ The Agnew Clinic (1889; oil on canvas. Figure 30.21). For a clearer view, search for von Menzel’s and for Eakins’ work under Google-Images and upload the Wikimedia image. Enlarge the images and scroll across the screen, so that you can actually see the details. Describe each work in a separate paragraph of at least 75 words (total of 150 words for both).
In a third paragraph, elaborate on the differences and similarities including the explanation of the two different worlds and classes of society reflected in the art works. What is the context of each work –one a painting of an iron mill in Germany, the other of a medical amphitheater in the United States? Were both works commissioned or painted by the artist out of his own desire? Your third paragraph should have a minimum of an additional 50 words.
Information on von Menzel’s work: http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_image.cfm?image_id=1312
Information on Eakins’ work: http://www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/features/1800s/1889med/agnewclinic.html