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ARTH 333 - Egyptian Art and Archaeology - Butz: Home

Savannah - Winter 2020

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This guide provides recommended research tools and skills for your ARTH 333 research assignments.

Scarab Inscribed "Hatshepsut, United with Amun"

Scarab Inscribed "Hatshepsut, United with Amun", ca. 1479–1458 B.C.,  Accessed via the Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Collection

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Key Tips

Use a variety of sources, such as combination of books and articles and at least 2 different databases.

Don't expect to find the 'perfect source'. Your topic is complex and you will need to weave together several threads of research in a new way.

Be flexible with search terms. If one word doesn't work, can you re-phrase it another way? For example, are there alternative spellings, past vs. present place names, etc.

Brainstorm Your Topic

Download this worksheet to brainstorm your topic and identify related concepts to 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.

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