o 3-5 typed, double-spaced pages for one student (approximately 800-1300 words for one student)
o proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation
o a visual image of the art work – a post card, photograph, or your own sketch
o an introduction, body, and conclusion
o a bibliography with at least three sources (Wikipedia, answers.com, and similar
sources may be used, but they cannot be counted as one of the three sources)
o MLA format should be used for all bibliographic entries
o footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical notes if citations are required (see examples
o responses to, and intellectual analysis using the seven questions below
o titles of art works should be either underlined or in italics
You should respond to these questions in the Body of the paper:
2) If the artist is known, are we aware of anything about the artist’s life or personality that may have effected his/her creation of the work?
3) What is the subject depicted? Is the subject recognizable to you? Do you think it would have been recognizable to the people during the time in which it was created? Are there any symbols apparent? If so, what are they? Are they symbols which are understandable to you, or to the people in the society in which the piece was made?
4) How does the piece fit into the history of art? Is it similar or different to other works we have seen from the same period? Is it typical or uncharacteristic of the period in which it was produced?
5) During what time period and where was the work created? Discuss what was going on in the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres at the time it was produced which may, or may not have effected its production.
Garcia, Elizabeth. “Herzog: a Life.” Online Film Critics Corner. The Film School of New
Hampshire, 2 May 2002. Web. 8 Jan. 2009.
6) Was the piece widely accepted by critics and the public at large? Was the artist’s work in general perceived favorably, or unfavorably at the time in which it was produced? Why do you think this was the case?
7) Choose one other painting/sculpture in the museum or in your textbook, and compare and contrast them in terms of the time period in which they were painted, the medium, the subject, and the significance they hold in the history of art.
Note: both works should have elements in common and elements about them that are different. To compare two works means to discuss their similarities, and to contrast two works means to analyze the differences. For example, if you were studying the medium, both may have been painted in oil paint, but how does each artist handle the paint? How is it applied to the canvas? Is it smooth? Rough? Does the artist attempt to achieve textural effects, or the effect of weather, or a mood through the use of the paint?
The Conclusion should summarize what you have discussed in the paper.
You have two different options in this assignment. Option #1:
You may write a traditional paper, utilizing the questions listed above, with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, including a thesis statement of what will be discussed/analyzed/argued in the paper.