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Term Paper- Art in Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval

Montclair State University 

Spring 2015

 

1500 word paper (not including bibliography and footnotes)

Compare and Contrast 2 works of art

The student will pick 2 works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art galleries/collection. Students must keep their choices within the time frame that we are studying for this course, Ancient to Medieval.  Based on personal observation of these 2 objects combined with some research about the chosen works the approximately 6 page double spaced paper must meet the following criteria:

Requirements

Must have a minimum of 3-4 references, including one reference from Jstor

Must use scholarly style footnotes and include bibliography (to be discussed in class)

Minimum 5 pages

*Bibliography does not count as a “page” within the paper.

Students are encouraged to include an illustration of one of the images

 

Important Criteria:

Identity: Who is the artist or is the artist unknown? What period or style is it?

What is the name of the artwork? To what culture does it belong? Of what material/medium is it made? What is its subject matter?

Style: How big is it? Does its medium affect the quality? What are its formal elements (line, color, composition, etc.?) Is it abstract, realistic, naturalistic, surreal, or a combination? How is the subject being depicted? What is the origin of the style? Is it a combination of cultural styles?

 

Function/Symbolism (often relates to cultural context)

What was it used for? Why was it made? Is it sacred or secular? Does it communicate a message? Does the object/image contain symbolism? What does the symbolism represent?

Cultural Context: What was happening historically, socially, politically, economically, religiously, or intellectually at the time it was created?

Do historical events or overall aesthetic tastes at the time and place the piece was created relate to its imagery/story being depicted?

 

 

Compare and Contrast:

-Explore the differences and similarities of the 2 works being compared using the four topic areas discussed above.

-Begin your essay with an opening paragraph stating the main point of the comparison. (remember to include the basics such as identification of the work, artist, etc.) Ask yourself:  “why did I choose these 2 particular works of art?” This will help organize your thoughts and writing. 

- Each paragraph should discuss what is the same and what is different about the works in regards to each topic listed above. (e.g. one paragraph will discuss what is similar and what is different regarding style)

-start with main concepts and then move to relevant detail

-Use complete sentences. Each paragraph should focus on one main concept/topic.

-Conclude with a paragraph that sums up your main ideas.

 

Students should refer to Anne D’Alleva, Look! Art History Fundamentals, 3rd ed., Pearson 2010

(available in bookstore)

 

 

 the test above is copied right from the rubric, she also wants a source from jstor (an art site)

 

 Some sites i was looking at:

http://ancient-greece.org/art/kouros.html 

http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hatshepsut

http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/544450?=&imgno=2&tabname=label

http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/253370?=&imgno=0&tabname=online-resources

http://academic.reed.edu/humanities/110Tech/kouroi2.html#beyond

I was planning on comparing/contrasting the Hetshapsut statue to the Kouros statue

Term Paper- Art in Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval Montclair State University Spring 2015 1500 word paper (not including bibliography and footnotes) Compare and Contrast 2 works of art The student will pick 2 works of art from the
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