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This guide provides recommended research tools and skills for your ARTH 281 research assignments.
Temple of Apollo at Corinth by Robertson James - public domain image via Wikimedia Commons/ Google Art Project
Brainstorm & Review Your Research
Analyze a Work Of Art
When analyzing a work of art, it's helpful to develop and apply a list of relevant questions. Consider:
- Subject matter - What is being depicted? (May require researching a related place, figure or event - e.g. from religion or mythology)
- Material and form - What is the size, shape, line, texture, color, etc.? How do these affect the way you "see" the subject?
- Social and historical contexts - When, where, and why was the work made?
- What were the artist's intentions (if known)?
Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing About Art provides useful examples of analytical questions and is a required/recommended text for many art history courses.