Rt History Research Paper: Fragonard, The Stolen Kiss”


The piece of art you will be writing about is entitled: The Stolen Kiss”, by Fragonard.

First, start doing bibliographic research on the work of art that you have selected. Your paper should include both firsthand observations from the work of art itself and evidence of library research.

The evaluation of your paper will be based both on the content of the paper as well as your ability to convey information and ideas in writing. I expect a well-written and organized paper in which your sources are adequately and properly documented. You may find the book by Suzanne Hudson and Nancy Noonan-Morrissey, The Art of Writing About Art, helpful in formulating your ideas and organizing your paper. This book is on reserve in the Henry Birnbaum Library.

As starting points of your bibliographic research use the bibliography in Chu, Nineteenth Century European Art, (pp. 519-532). It is recommended that each student use the Henry Birnbaum Library and the New York Public Library at 42nd Street to obtain historical and art historical information about the works of art listed on the Paper Topics list. The Uris Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is also very good and the staff is helpful. No internet sources are allowed with the exception of the website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://

Carefully organize the important information and main ideas of your paper. In the first paragraph, introduce and fully identify your subject, the main themes of your paper, and methods of analysis. Then, in a logical sequence of well-structured paragraphs that make up the body of the paper, develop your argument, description, and discussion of the work of art and its historical and artistic context. In the body of your paper, make sure to include a straight-forward identification and description of the work of art you have chosen as well as the edited and improved version of your formal analysis. In addition, your paper should include an analysis of the historical facts concerning the work (original setting, function, and patronage, if known), its subject matter, and the style of the work (period, regional, and personal). End with a summation of and conclusion to your research in the final paragraph.

Plagiarism is prohibited!!! All the sources that you used to write your paper must be cited. For footnotes, do not use the shorter MLA style, which means parenthetical references in the text or the body of the paper. For this paper, learn how to use the longer endnote and footnote form, which is described in the MLA Handbook, Appendix B, Section B.1 to Section B.1.9, pages 298-313 (information on MLA style are also available on Blackboard). You can either put the footnotes at the bottom of the page or at the end of the paper (before the bibliography). A complete bibliography or section entitled  Bibliography, Selected Bibliography, or  Works Consulted(written in proper bibliography form and following MLA style) must be included at the end of the paper. To write a proper bibliography, use Section 5.4 to Section 5.8.14, on pages 145-206. For on-line sources, use Section 1.5.3 on page 39 and Section 5.9 to Section 5.9.4, on pages 207-224.

The papers should run around five to eight pages, typed and double-spaced with standard one-inch margins (top, bottom and sides), font # 12 (Times or Times New Roman) and proofread (use the spell-check if needed). Provide illustrations of the works of art mentioned in your paper in the form of sketches, diagrams, postcards, or black and white photocopies. Please number the pages of your paper and staple all the pages together.

Criteria for the Evaluation of the Term Paper
Introductory paragraph
Identification of subject
Statement of the main themes of the paper: thesis statement
Statement of the methods of analysis used to support the thesis

Body of the paper
Organization of ideas and development; Logical sequence of paragraphs
Organization of ideas within each paragraph
Analysis of the historical facts concerning the work (original setting, function, and patronage)
Analysis of the work s content and subject matter (iconographic and literary source, tradition, and
the artist s particular concept of the subject matter)
Placement of the work of art in its proper art historical context and analysis of style
General description of the work of art: formal analysis
Comparison to other works of art, if appropriate; comparative discussion of the significance and
special qualities of the work within the art historical context for which it was made

Appropriate connection to the ideas in the introductory paragraph
Summary of main points of the paper
Statement about the significance of the work(s) of art studied for the history of art

Research effort
Ability to find appropriate material (reliable and scholarly sources)
Effective use of library sources: clear description and effective analysis of information
gained from library sources
Ability to synthesize information and put it into your own words

Other criteria:
Word choice Grammar
Spelling Clarity of expression and style
Punctuation Adequate proofreading
Organized and neat presentation of visual material, if included