Research about the Art

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Instructions. Your final exam consists of two end?of?term essays: ESSAY #1 And ESSAY #2. It is the intention of the professor that one essay fulfill the requirements of a mid?term exam and one the requirements of a final exam. Students have permission to submit both essays at the end of the course if they wish to do so. Your professor will grade the essays whenever she receives them prior to the deadline. The instructions are the same for both essays. For each of the two essays you will select a topic from the list given here and construct your essays following the instructions and recommendations below. If you are taking the course for H?credit see NOTE below).

GRADING MATTERS The better and best essays will include thoughtful reflections on and even some references to (through comparisons or analogy) information learned in the course (Khan Academy essays and podcasts; videos, etc.) as well as several sources you might find online. They will showcase images keyed directly to important points of discussion in the essay. Average and poorer essays will ignore the information learned in the course and glean data from one online source, such as Wikipedia. Poorer essays use irrelevant images or images as decoration instead of images that enhance instruction for the reader.

Warning: Essays that incorporate works of art that are not western (i.e. Asian or African) or works that are NOT of the medieval period under study in the course will receive no points.

TOP LEFT CORNER: Title of the work of art, Date, Location, Place of Manufacture, Material, Technique; TOP RIGHT CORNER: Society or Civilization that made it; LEAD PHOTO: your essay leads with a good (useful?not decorative) embedded photograph (s) of the work of art ; RESOURCES: listed at the end (no endnotes or footnotes). WORD COUNT: maximum 1000 words, SINGLE SPACED, LEARNING LEVEL: good formal English, good grammar and good sentence construction, no typos or misspelled words, no spell check or
conversion/translation errors. In other words, acceptable writing that is expected at the level of a Sophmore.


1. PARAGRAPH ONE: Description of the work of art. This paragraph is a simple visual description of the work of art reduced to components. This is the tour guides view of the work of art. It does not provide analytical information (that is included in another paragraph). You will embed a picture (s) of the work of art that shows key points of your description. Recommendation: this paragraph is short, no longer than 5 sentences.

2. PARAGRAPH TWO: Who, Where and When. 2 points. This is the art historical or archaeological information about the work of art. This paragraph is your analysis and placement of the work of art. Here you will provide comparisons for the work of art that help your explain to your reader why this work is attributed to a specific period, location, and society. You might include discussion of comparable works of art, or comments about your work of arts proximity to cities, societal landmarks, or other works of art created in the area that represent the period of its manufacture. You will embed images of your comparisons. This paragraph is the longest of your essay.

3. PARAGRAPH THREE: The Creative Process: How the work of art was made: 1 point. This paragraph provides a detailed explanation of the materials, techniques and even engineering of the work of art. It allows you to address the creative process and to comment about how more unusual materials might have been acquired, engineering peculiarities or achievements, and specific techniques highlighted in the work of art. You might embed details of the LEAD image that showcase key points in your discussion. Recommendation: this paragraph is short, no longer than 5 sentences.

4. PARAGRAPH FOUR: Function: Why was this work of art made? 2 points. In this paragraph you will explain to your reader the meaning and/or function of the work of art. Or perhaps this is unknown. Is it connected to a religious ritual, person or event? Funerary ritual? Does it reflect the influence of demands of a patron? It is a commemoration of a person (s) or event in history? Recommendation: this paragraph is the second longest one in essay.

5. PARAGRAPH FIVE: Why this work of art is important 1 point. This paragraph explains to the reader in a meaningful way why YOU believe this work of art is important to the history of art or archaeology or anthropology or history.

6. END OF THE ESSAY LIST OF RESOURCES: 1 point. List at least 3 sources you used. Web sites are allowed.
DO NOT USE a textbook (such as Snyders Medieval Art or Bennett?Hollisters Medieval History) OR the Khan
Academy site for a source . If you dont know if your selection is a textbook, ask the professor (at least 24 hours BEFORE the submission deadline so she has a chance to help you).

7. IMAGE USE: Identify the source of each embedded image underneath the display. All images must be meaningfully keyed to specific points of your discussion not added as decoration or you will receive a 1 point penalty for your essay.


Romanesque art: church of St. Martin, Canigou; Cluny (church all 3 phases); church of St. Sernin, Toulouse; Liege Font; Modena Cathedral sculpture; Pisa Baptistery; Pisa Cathedral (Duomo) [please dont include the campanile]; S. Clemente,Rome; S. Angelo in Formis; Speyer Cathedral; shrines made by Nicolas of Verdun; church of St. Etienne, Caen; Durham Cathedral; limoges enamels (focus: technique, iconography, function); church of Notre Dame le Grande, Poitiers; church of St. Front, Perigeux; church of Saint Savin sur Gartempe. Gothic art: Amiens Cathedral architecture; Beauvais Cathedral architecture; Reims Cathedral architecture; Reims Cathedral sculpture; Laon Cathedral architecture; Notre Dame Paris architecture; Notre Dame Paris sculpture; St. Denis stained glass; Sens Cathedral architecture; Master Honore (manuscripts); Jean Pucelle (manuscripts); church of St. Urbain, Troyes; Villard de Honnecourt (manuscripts); Canterbury Cathedral; Kings College, Cambridge; Ely Cathedral; Gloucester Cathedral; Lincoln Cathedral; Westminster Abbey (architecture only); Wells Cathedral; York Cathedral architecture; church of Santa Maria Novella Florence; Baptistery, Florence; church of S. Miniato al Monte, Florence; Florence Cathedral; Bamberg Cathedral; Cologne Cathedral; Naumberg Cathedral; Strasbourg Cathedral; Marburg Cathedral; Claus Sluter (sculptor).

Late Gothic Italy: any work of art by Cimabue, Giotto, Andrea Pisano, Duccio, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Pietro
Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, Nicola Pisano, Francesco Traini, Pietro Cavallini that was NOT covered in the Khan Academy podcast lectures or essays.
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