AHS+106_Museum+Paper+Assignment_Spring+2011_w+Princeton+objects

AHS+106_Museum+Paper+Assignment_Spring+2011_w+Princeton+objects

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01:082:106 Introduction to Art History Spring 2011, Voorhees Hall, Room 105, College Avenue Campus Museum Paper Assignment 1 A museum paper, from three to five (not to exceed five!) typed pages, double spaced, will be due in recitation the week of February 21 . No extensions will be permitted. For each day the paper is late, your grade will be lowered by one grade step. In order for your assignment to be considered complete, you must upload your paper to turnitin.com (see below). Listed below are twelve works of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and four at Princeton University. You should write a careful description and analysis of one of them, based on your direct experience of the work at the museum. The only outside sources you should use are your textbook and class notes. This is not a research paper, so do not consult other sources. You are expected to make your own analysis derived from what you see and what you have learned in this course. WARNING: Do not quote from your textbook, the wall text in the museum, or any other book or website without acknowledging your source. You must write a thoughtful, formal essay with carefully constructed paragraphs. Please organize your paper as follows: 1. At the top of the first page, put your name, recitation section number, and name of the recitation teacher. Then identify the work by artist, title, country of origin, stylistic period, and medium. Use five lines or fewer. 2. Write a stimulating introduction which focuses on the work you have chosen and explain what you intend to prove. 3. Briefly describe the subject of the work. If you do not know the subject, consult the Bible or any standard dictionary of mythology, history, or religion. If you consult an outside text for this purpose, you must acknowledge your source. 4. Analyze the work in regard to its expressive content. What statement do you think the artist wanted to make? What techniques did the artist use to make this statement? Discuss, for example, the composition; the treatment of figures; the use of color; light/shade; scale; the treatment of space; the handling of paint or technique of carving or modeling. 5. If choosing an object that relates to a period already covered in class, does this work appear to be typical of the period in which it was produced? Explain your reasoning by briefly comparing the work to one you have studied in the course. 6. Briefly discuss the museum setting in which the work was displayed. Why is the work located in this area of the museum? Does it engage visually or thematically with its surroundings and other art objects? Does the way in which it is installed affect you perception or understanding of it? 7.
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