Research paper AssignmentWorth: 25% of gradeConsists of an 8-10 page formal analysis, comparison, and interpretation oftwo ancient Greek artworks.Formal Analysis section of paper: Worth 10% of your gradeDue on Canvas: Sunday, October 23, 11:59pm (one minute before midnight)Length: 4-5 pages of text, plus additional pages for images, double spaced, oneinch margins on all sides, 12 point Times New Roman fontComplete Research paper: Worth 15% of your gradeDue on Canvas: Sunday, November 20, 11:59pm (one minute before midnight)This submission must include the formal analysis section of the paper, inaddition to the research section. You are allowed to edit the formal analysissection based on the feedback and grade you received.Length: 8-10 pages of text, plus additional pages for images and bibliography,double spaced, one inch margins on all sides, 12 point Times New Roman fontASSIGNMENT: The process of comparing and contrasting two differentartworks is fundamental to the discipline of art history, and is an excellent wayof understanding culture, myth, and society on a deeper level. Your assignmentis to write an 8-10 page research paper that compares and contrasts twoancient Greek artworks, in terms of visual effect and subject matter, andprovides your own analysis based on library research.The two artworks you select should be similar to one another in subjectmatter, motif, meaning, and/or purpose, but different in their creative andaesthetic features. Good artwork pairs might depict the same myth or serve thesame purpose (such as tomb statues), but be made by different artists, comefrom different cities or chronological periods, or otherwise be created withdifferent stylistic features. For instance, you might select two Greek vases thatare similar in that they both the depict the myth of Achilles and Penthesilea,but different in that one is an Archaic period black figure vessel and the otheris a Classical period red figure vessel.You are only allowed to use one major, canonical Greek artwork (i.e. anartwork that is discussed in class lectures or described in your textbook) inyour paper. The other artwork that you discuss should be a less commonlystudied object, which you select through library research and/or searches inArtStor, Google Images, or other online database. If you wish, both of yourartworks may be less canonical objects. If you have any questions aboutwhether or not your artwork selections fit these guidelines, please ask.2WRITING GUIDE: In the book A Short Guide to Writing About Art, author SylvanBarnet devotes an entire chapter (Chapter 3) to the writing and organization ofcomparative essays. This chapter is scanned and available on Canvas.FORMAL ANALYSIS PAPER FORMAT: (Due October 23)Section 1 of paper (2 pages): Formal Analysis of Image OneSection 2 of paper (2 pages): Formal Analysis of Image TwoThis paper is an exercise in visual analysis. Before you begin writing, spendtime looking closely at the image. Use the following questions as a guide tolooking at and thinking about the image. You need not answer every question –however, you should address each bold heading, in this order, in your paper.1. Introduction: Your first paragraph should introduce the main points you willaddress in your paper, and offer a brief description of the scenes shown in eachartwork. Subsequent paragraphs should each address a specific visual effect(space, posture, composition, etc.):2. Space/Setting: Characterize the space that the artist/craftsperson hascreated within the image. Has he/she offered a panoramic view or narrow view(how far side to side)? A deep/distant view or a shallow stage (how far front toback)? How is his/her construction of space appropriate to his subject matter?Has he/she set the scene with architectural and natural features? Is thereempty space in any part of the image and how might that be significant?3. Line: Where are the dominant lines in the artwork? Are they curved orstraight? Bold or barely noticeable? Horizontal, vertical or diagonal? What isthe visual effect of these lines in terms of framing, grounding, containing, orconnecting other aspects of the image? How do these lines help your eye movethrough the space of the image, directing your eye (or failing to direct your eye)to certain points in the composition?4. Composition: How has the artist/craftsperson composed each scene? Arethe compositions balanced and proportional? Where are the dominanthorizontal, vertical, and diagonal forms? Are they symmetrical on either avertical or horizontal axis – and, if not, where is the greater weight, the greatercolor, the greater detail or other features? Are there elements that cross themid-line of the image, uniting the image – and, if so, how? Does the placementof certain elements or figures highlight them or reduce their importance? Doesthe scene seem still or busy? Hard and rigid or soft and flowing? How is thisappropriate for the subject matter?5. Figures and Iconography: Do the figures seem dynamic or static? Aloof orengaging? In what directions do they gaze? What is the role of gesture and3posture? Do figures in profile (as opposed to front-facing or back-facing)engage or exclude the viewer in the scene? What symbols has the artistincluded to indicate status (social, political, divine, etc.)? How are the differentfigures in the scene connected to one another? Note for this section that youare NOT being asked to research the identity of any figures (their names, titles,job positions, etc.). However you can and should talk about the figures in termsof the visual markers of their identities in terms of age, gender, social status,etc. if the artwork is giving you such clues.6. Medium: What are the advantages and disadvantages of the medium? Howdoes the medium express texture, color, or decorative detail?7. Impressions: You should then have a paragraph that sums up what youthink the dominant impressions or feelings that this artwork’s formalproperties would give to its viewer. Does the artwork overall feel welcoming orintimidating, soft or hard, violent or calm, emotional or rational, etc.?8. Appendix: Your paper should include Appendix pages that contain two colorimages, one of each of the two artworks you discuss in your paper, along withan appropriate image label that lists artwork title, artist (if known),archaeological provenance, date, and medium. The images should be in color,and be large enough to clearly see and identify the artwork depicted. TheAppendix does NOT count in the 4-5 page length requirement for the paper.
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