art analysis paper

Primary texts (texts that are close in date to the material being studied or that influenced the material being studied), where they exist, are a key source for learning about how and why a particular work was made and what it may express. For this assignment, you will be writing a 750-word analysis of a work of art in relation to a primary text. What are my choices?You may choose from the following options:Choice 1: the Expulsion from Paradise panel located on the Hildesheim Doors. This work illustrates Genesis 3, verses 9–24. Review lecture notes on the Hildesheim Doors so that you have a basic understanding of the context in which this panel appears, but focus your analysis on the panel’s representation of the Biblical episode described in Genesis. How does the artist interpret the text visually? What is emphasized, omitted, or transformed, why, and how? Choice 2: the reliquary of Sainte-Foy, compared with a selection from the Book of Sainte-Foy (PDF on MyCourses). The Book of Sainte-Foy collects stories about Foy’s relics and the miracles associated with her. These stories were first written down in the early eleventh century, after the reliquary had been created. This selection describes a miracle associated with Foy, and includes a description of the saint’s appearance in a vision. How does a contemporary author’s reporting of this saint’s legend and appearance enhance our understanding of the reliquary’s appearance and reception in the Middle Ages? Choice 3: Old Trees, Level Distance, a painting by the 11th-century Chinese artist Guo Xi (sometimes transliterated as Kuo Hsi), compared with an excerpt from Xi’s own philosophy of landscape painting. Based on the text, what does Xi value in landscape painting, and how would he try to evoke specific effects? In what ways does this example of his painting reflect his theories? How do I do it? Each work of art has several images on MyCourses or linked online. The accompanying texts are available either as links to the internet or as PDFs on MyCourses. Regardless of which option you choose, you should read the primary source carefully. Consider the context of the written source, the relationship between the written source and the work of art, and how and why the work of art does or does not reflect the text. Formulate a strong thesis that argues for a specific interpretation for your selected work of art based on its relation to its primary source, and use this thesis to organize your paper. All sources, whether quotations, paraphrases, or ideas that are specific to an author, should be correctly cited in Chicago style. This includes your primary source! Writing a rough draft is a good way to start thinking through your approach to the assignment so that your final version is effective and polished. I suggest taking notes about your ideas and writing a draft prior to the deadline. Take a break from the assignment and return to your draft a day or two later to rethink your approach. When do I turn it in? Deadline: December 1st before midnight. Upload your paper to the MyCourses dropbox as one file in Word or as a PDF. Do not use other formats or upload multiple files. What goals should I achieve? Students use historical texts as tools to contextualize works of artStudents associate formal qualities of works of art with historical evidence Your grade will be based on how well your paper meets these goals, as well as on the quality of your written expression. What if I have a question about formatting, citing sources, or composition? Formatting GuidelinesMargins should not exceed 1.25” to the left and right or 1” from the top and bottom.Use a twelve-point font that is easy to read.Double-space your paper.Italicize titles of works of art and titles of books and journals; use quotation marks for all titles of short written works. CitationsCitations exist to distinguish your original work from the work of others; to provide support for your argument; and to help your audience find the source of ideas so they can read more about the topic. Information that is neither common knowledge nor your own analysis must be cited in Chicago style, including page numbers or web addresses. This includes information taken from the course textbook. The Chicago Manual of Style has a webpage with common citation formats here: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.  Failure to cite words, phrases, or ideas that are not your own constitutes plagiarism, which may result in a failing grade on the assignment and/or the class, as well as consequences to be determined by RIT’s administration. Footnote numbers should follow the punctuation mark after the phrase containing the cited material. Each reference should have a unique number, and the number should appear in superscript.Students sometimes have a hard time determining what is considered “common knowledge.” Facts or interpretations that are repeated by multiple sources can be considered common knowledge and do not need citations. If an author makes a unique argument, makes an argument that counters accepted knowledge, provides information that was previously unknown, or provides specific statistics or original research, you must cite these ideas if you mention them. Composition GuidelinesAvoid a generic introduction (“Throughout the ages, art has been important” and the like). You’re writing a short paper for a specific audience, and should present your topic and state your thesis in a specific way.Make sure your paper does what the assignment asks you to do. Read the assignment carefully before you start your paper, and again when you finish.Your ideas and the support for those ideas should be organized so that each paragraph logically follows the next. Each paragraph should have a role in proving your thesis.Use transitions to signal when you are moving from one idea to the next.Use specific examples to support your argument and your interpretations. Saying “The building is powerful” is not enough. What is it that makes the building powerful? “The enormous scale and heavy, squared supports create an impression of power” offers specific evidence for that interpretation. Use a tone that suits a formal paper. This means avoiding slang and casual language. The most concise way to make a point is often the most clear and effective way.  Choose your words carefully, and be sure you know what the words you’re using mean: “infamous” is not a more intense version of “famous.”Be careful of homonyms! Spellcheck won’t catch it if you use the wrong form of a word.Make sure to proofread your paper. Be on the lookout for misspellings the spellcheck won’t catch: “apes” for “apse,” for example.