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Robert Campin, Annunciation Triptych, central panel, c.1427 via MetMuseum.org
This guide provides recommended research tools and skills for your ARTH 380 research assignment.
Brainstorm Your Topic
The attached brainstorming worksheet may give you some ideas.
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 many useful examples of analytical questions and is a required/recommended text for most ARTH 100/102 courses.