Rt History through the 19th Century (Final Compare and Contrast Term Paper)
***Compare/Contrast Art History Essay between (Allegory of the Outbreak of War, Rubens vs. Death of Sardanapalus, Delacroix)**************
TEXT Your essay MUST:
* Be a Minimum of 3 pages excluding illustrations, headings and paragraph breaks.
* Be spell-checked and grammar-checked and proofread for errors not caught by computer.
* Include a heading containing your full name, ID number, class title & section, date, and instructors name.
* Be typed and double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font.
* Cite references used according to MLA style. Students are encouraged to use A Writers Reference by Diana Hacker for help with MLA 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. (For more information about MLA style please contact the Writing Lab or reference the following internet site: period style. When discussing culture and style your essay should address how the cultural context informs the stylistic characteristics of that period. You should also incorporate art historical vocabulary from the modules when discussing stylistic characteristics. Be sure to both describe the style and explain it analyze it -to the extent that you can. Not just WHAT it looks like but WHY.
* Subject matter of both artworks. (story/narrative, what?s going on in the artwork?)
* Function and possible meaning (symbolism/ iconography) of both artworks
* Similarities, differences between the two. What makes this a good comparison?
* Conclusion should recap thesis, include important conclusions or insights about the artwork and the artist or culture who produced it and discuss why you chose to write about the artwork.
* Documentation of sources bibliography, footnotes, endnotes, etc.
SOURCES Outside research information should be drawn from LA121 Module Text and at least THREE additional sources:
* Professional web site (for example, a museum, research institute or university, NOT just Wikipedia!)
* Nonfiction book published within the last 50 years (if possible)
* Professional art historical publication (magazine or journal, can be online)
Writing a Compare/Contrast Art History Essay
Important Points of an Art History Image
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?
How big is it? Does its medium affect the quality?
What are its formal elements (line, color, composition, etc.)?
Is it abstract, naturalistic, idealistic, realistic, 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?
It is sacred or secular?
Does it communicate a message? Is it asking for something?
Does it contain symbolism? What does it mean?
What was happening historically, politically, socially, religiously, intellectually, and/or economically at the time it was made?
What were qualities of life at the time and place the piece was made that may have affected its function and style?
Do historical events or overall aesthetic tastes relate to the image/story depicted?
Compare and Contrast/Be Concise and to the Point
Explore the differences and similarities of the two 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 add the basics such as identification.) Asking, Why did the instructor choose these two particular works?will lead you to thesis.
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 different regarding style.)
Start with main concepts and then move to relevant details. (Remember to state the obvious.)
Use complete sentences. Each paragraph should focus on one main concept/topic .
Conclude with a paragraph which sums up your main ideas.