3-5 Pages essay about a museum object.


3-5 Pages Essay about this abject, you should describe and analysis it in this way: 

Paper Formal Analysis

Description = pure description of the object without value judgments,
analysis, or interpretation.

  It answers the question, “What do you see?”

  The various elements that constitute a description include:

  a. Form of art whether architecture, sculpture, painting or one of the minor arts

  b. Medium of work whether clay, stone, steel, paint, etc., and technique (tools used)

  c. Size and scale of work (relationship to person and/or frame and/or context)

  d. Elements or general shapes (architectural structural system) within the composition, including building of post-lintel construction or painting with several figures lined up in a row; identification of objects

  e. Description of axis whether vertical, diagonal, horizontal, etc.

  f. Description of line, including contour as soft, planar, jagged, etc.

  g. Description of how line describes shape and space (volume); distinguish between lines of objects and lines of composition, e.g., thick, thin, variable, irregular, intermittent, indistinct, etc.

  h. Relationships between shapes, e.g., large and small, overlapping, etc.

  i. Description of color and color scheme = palette

  j. Texture of surface or other comments about execution of work

  k. Context of object: original location and date

Analysis = determining what the features suggest and deciding why the artist used such features to convey specific ideas.

    · It answers the question, “How did the artist do it?”

  · The various elements that constitute analysis include:

  a. Determination of subject matter through naming iconographic elements, e.g., historical event, allegory, mythology, etc.

  b. Selection of most distinctive features or characteristics whether line, shape, color, texture, etc.

  c. Analysis of the principles of design or composition, e.g., stable,

  repetitious, rhythmic, unified, symmetrical, harmonious, geometric, varied, chaotic, horizontal or vertically oriented, etc.

  d. Discussion of how elements or structural system contribute to appearance of image or function

  e. Analysis of use of light and role of color, e.g., contrast, shadowy,

  illogical, warm, cool, symbolic, etc.

  f. Treatment of space and landscape, both real and illusionary (including use of perspective), e.g., compact, deep, shallow, naturalistic, random

  g. Portrayal of movement and how it is achieved

  h. Effect of particular medium(s) used

  i. Your perceptions of balance, proportion and scale (relationships of each part of the composition to the whole and to each other part) and your emotional

  j. Reaction to object or monument

3. Interpretation = establishing the broader context for this type of art.

  It answers the question, “Why did the artist create it and what does it mean”

  Didactics provided by museum

  The various elements that constitute interpretation include:

  a. Main idea, overall meaning of the work.

  b. Interpretive Statement: Can I express what I think the artwork is about in one sentence?

  c. Evidence: What evidence inside or outside the artwork supports my interpretation?

Judgment: Judging a piece of work means giving it rank in relation to other works and of course considering a very important aspect of the visual arts; its originality.

  Is it a good artwork? (opinion)

   Criteria: What criteria do I think are most appropriate for judging the artwork?

  Evidence: What evidence inside or outside the artwork relates to each criterion?

  Judgment: Based on the criteria and evidence, what is my judgment about the quality of the artwork?

Elements and Principles of Design

  Line- what does it imply or suggest

  Shapes and Form (positive space)- geometric, organic

  Space (negative space)- blank space that directs the eye to the focal point.

  Texture- surface quality

  Value -degree of lightness and darkness

  Color -implied mood, emotional state

Principles of Design

  Repetition and Pattern: use of similar lines, shapes, etc…

  Variety and Contrast: The difference between shapes

  Rhythm: The regular repetition of a form

  Emphasis and Movement: Drawing attention to a portion of a composition. Movement is the visual flow through the composition.

Economy: Using only what is needed to create an intended effect

Also don’t forget to follow these guidelines: 

Include the title of the object, production date, and artist’s name within the body of the paper. Good description of the artwork and media used (media: marble, wood, etc.…), size, color, shape(s), etc.:________

A well thought out analysis and persuasive paper

Spelling, grammar, and organization of paper:_______

Need at least 3 sources (e.g. reliable, reputable sources: text books, on-line source- university lib., museum website, museum literature) to research background of the object. You can either use MLA or Chicago style citation and bibliography.  (Do not cite from Wikipedia). Bibliography is on a separate page and is not included in the 3-page minimum

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