art history research paper 3

Once you’ve observed your artwork and taken notes on your observations, you will write your paper. It must be a minimum of 1000 words. This is a research paper. Your research and observations should be illuminated by the class lectures and readings as well as outside sources (Internet sites, scholarly journals, books, etc.) You can find resources at the Rutgers University Libraries. I suggest using the database JSTOR:JSTOR. You may need to log in using your Rutgers credentials and then you’ll find many helpful articles to use as sources for your research. Remember to properly credit your sources. Please use MLA format. If you are unsure about how to cite your sources, refer to: MLA Formatting and Style Guide.

A typical paper will spend the first part giving background about the artist and the style/movement to which your selected artwork belongs (ie. Renaissance art). In the next part of your paper you will describe your artwork from the museum in detail using terms learned in class (ie. sculpture in the round, complementary colors, etc.). You will first describe the form and then address the content (iconography, narrative, etc.). You may also want to talk about the artwork’s significance – how it may be a political statement or shows an innovative style, for example.

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In the rest of the paper you will compare/contrast the artwork to an artwork that has been discussed in our class (either in my Lectures or in the textbook). You should select a work of art that is more similar than different (in terms of similar time period and/or similar iconography). You will discuss how the works are similar and then how they are different, mentioning at least 3 ways they are the same and 3 ways they are different. You should write at least one page for this comparison (five paragraphs). Remember, the best comparisons have more similarities than differences. The comparison can be from either Unit 1 or Unit 2.

The paper should be double-spaced and 12-point font in either Times New Roman or Arial and a minimum of 1000 words. Your paper must include a Works Cited page at the end. You must include images of your museum artwork and your comparison artwork. You may attach separate images of your chosen artworks as .jpg files or the images can be embedded directly into the paper. You should also include a selfie of yourself with your artwork at the museum (worth 5 points).

Two Painting:

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Mary Magdalen and John the Baptist by Giuliano di Piero di Simone Bugiardini

Madonna and Child Enthroned With Saints, principle panel of the Maestà altarpiece by Duccio


– 3 outside sources (NOT including lectures and textbook)

– 1 Scholarly Journal source

– MLA Format (minimum 1000 Words)