Art and architecture

Choose a style, period, or subject. I will work with you on refining the subject within the scope of the 10-page format. Note: the subject must be from the time periods and regions under study in this course. For details, you can refer to the Weekly Schedule and Reading in the Course Information book.

The paper will be analytical, but supported by research in secondary sources, such as the textbook, published articles and books, and reliable Internet sources, etc. It can be an outgrowth of the Descriptive Analysis Paper (over and above). For example, you could write a longer study of the work you chose for the first paper. Note: this paper must include at least 7 pages of new material. You may include the (revised!) 3-5 page first paper in the text of this paper for continuity, but if you do so, this paper must then be a total of 10-12 pages.

Part 1: Introduce the Works Under Study by Discussing Their Style (4-6 pages)

Choose 1 or 2 key works related to the topic you have chosen. Describe the work(s) in as much detail as you can. Try to analyze how the artist achieves the final composition by carefully detailing how he/she utilizes the “formal” elements of the work (i.e. line, color, shapes or forms, mass and volume, light, texture, depth, balance, message, etc.) and how these work together to create the final composition. Discuss the content or meaning of the work. How has the artist manipulated and organized the artistic form to enhance and communicate meaning in the work? If you have chosen an architect, you will analyze the design, plan, structure, elevation, as well as the interior and exterior details and materials.

Part 2: Comparison-Contrast (3-4 pages)

Compare and/or contrast the work discussed in Part 1 with 1 or 2 “historical” works of Ancient art. The comparative works must be related in some way to the works of your artist/architect. For example, comparative works could be 1) influential on your artist’s style; or 2) by another artist/architect contemporary with yours, working in a similar or different style; or 3) by another artist/architect influenced by the style you analyzed in Part 1. The analysis would point out the significance of the similarities and/or differences. Your comparison pieces can be ones that are similar or very dissimilar in style, or content, or images. Note: Construct a smooth transition between Part 1 and Part 2. The two parts should be integrated. The main subject of the comparison-contrast and of the paper will be the main artist’s work. Consult the Barnet book A Short Guide to Writing About Art on writing comparison-contrast essays.

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