ASSIGNMENT: Write a 1250-1500 word essay comparing and contrasting two works of art from two different styles covered in this course. One of your selected works of art must be from before the Midterm and one must be from after the Midterm. You must cover the following points in your comparison:
Introduction and Thesis
Introduce the artwork titles, period styles, and artists’ names.
Briefly state what you believe is significant about these artworks.
In other words: Tell your reader what works of art you will be discussing and why you think they are important.
Correctly identify artwork titles, period styles, and artists’ names.
Compare the artworks by discussing key stylistic characteristics associated with artists and period styles.
Apply art history vocabulary correctly and uses it to support your stylistic analysis.
In other words: What make these works stylistically significant?
Compare the artworks by discussing key cultural issues associated with artists and periods.
Discuss how the cultural context of each period influenced the artistic development of the period style (make connections between cultural context and style).
In other words: What makes these works culturally significant?
Conclusion and Thematic Connection
Analyze the ways art can affect or reflect cultural, political, and social issues.
Draw conclusions about the artist or society which produced the artwork from the comparison.
In other words: What thematic connection can you make between the two works of art that helps you better understand them or the culture they represent?
Incorporate three or more sources (outside of lecture notes and textbook) to support your analysis.
Properly cite your sources using MLA/Chicago format.
Include a list of Works Cited.
Use grammar, spelling, and punctuation correctly throughout your paper.
In other words: There should be no mechanical errors!
SOURCES: Three in addition to the module text
Scholarly professional website (for example, a museum, research institute, or university)
Nonfiction book published within the last 50 years
An art history textbook such as Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, Jansen’s, or Schneider-Adams
Professional art historical publication (magazine or journal, can be online) such as The Art Bulletin
Databases such as the Oxford Dictionary of Art Online (accessible through the AAU Library website)
Credible professional websites, such as those of museums, galleries, and universities; for example:
The Getty Center
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In other words: Don’t use Wikipedia!
Your research paper must:
Be 2 pages in length, excluding illustrations, headings, and paragraph breaks.
Include at the end of the essay fully labeled images of the works that you studied.
Be spell-checked, grammar-checked, and proofread for errors not caught by your computer.
Include a heading containing your full name, ID number, class title and section, date, and instructor’s name.
Be typed and double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font.
Be submitted as a Microsoft Word-compatible document (DOC or RTF, not DOCX).
Cite references used according to MLA/Chicago style and include a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. You are encouraged to use A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker for help with MLA/Chicago style, revision, punctuation, and sentence style, and A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnett for specific help with comparing and contrasting artwork.
To demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the course content and your ability to:
Apply art historical terminology to evaluate how an artwork exemplifies its period style and culture.
Identify and analyze an artwork’s stylistic and cultural characteristics to evaluate how it exemplifies its period style and culture.
Identify and compare the similarities and differences between various artists and period styles and recognize how they influence each other.
Analyze the ways art can affect or reflect cultural, political, and humanistic issues and recognize how cultural context influences artistic development.
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