Assignment, Visual Arts and Film Studies

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Complete Analysis Seminar 3:


Each of the four analysis seminars in this course invites you to use a different tool of analysis commonly used by art historians and critics as we explore our topics. This week, we go beyond formal analysis and the historical moment, and we focus on the meaning of the work through it implied symbolism, narrative, mythology, etc. Note that with each AS, your initial post is 100 words longer than last time, to allow for this extra information.


Please report on one work of visual art, sculpture, design or architecture within the art history periods covered by the readings from this week (chs. 24-29). The work can be chosen from your textbook or a new work from your own independent research. Your report should be at least 500 words, and should include:


  1. Image: Post an image or link to your chosen work, with the APA citation and URL to the source.


  1. Material Data: Name the artist/designer (if known), date(s), current location or museum, materials used and size. Note its use(s) and any special production techniques utilized.


  1. Formal Analysis: Describe the “observable properties of matter”, according to: Line, Shape and Form, Space, Texture, Value and Light, Color, Movement, Repetition, Variety, Rhythm, Balance, Compositional Unity, Emphasis, Economy, and/or Proportion. Say something about your chosen work using most of these categories–and others that may seem appropriate to the medium. Look closely. And look at other reproductions of the image on the web to look even closer. Try to utilize the art history terminology you are learning from your readings within each category.


  1. Context: Consider the relation of this chosen work to its specific historical world: the politics, religion, family life, wars, etc. Describe how this work reflects this historical moment in time.


  1. *New section for this week* Iconography: Examine the work that you chose, and discuss its symbolism beyond its “natural subject matter”. That is, first note exactly what you see depicted (the natural subject matter). Then, tell us what that subject matter might mean symbolically, within its own time and culture. Try to relate the symbolism to philosophy, religion or ideas within its culture and time. This section will research beyond your readings.


  1. Personal Reflections: Why did you choose this work? What are its least and most attractive aspects to you?