Western Art Iinicolas Poussin Arth 102 Queens Col
ARTWORK COMPARISON PAPER FOR ARTH 102 / SURVEY OF WESTERN ART II
Nicolas Poussin, Abduction of the Sabine Women, 1636, oil on canvas [Met., 46.160 / gallery 634]
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Triumph of Marius, 1725, oil on canvas [Met., 65.183.1 / gallery 600]
As for the artwork comparison paper, you should focus on the visual and stylistic aspects of the 2 works and their subjects. Explain in brief their stylistic context but do not explore the lives and other works of the artists. Your textbook and the museum web site will give you enough information to work with.
Your papers should be double-spaced typed and about 3 and a half pages / no more than 4 pages.
Look at the artworks carefully in person. Discuss how line, shape, form, light / shadow, color, texture, and depth and space have been used in them. Also discuss their design / composition (how have the parts of the images / objects been arranged). Discuss what materials and techniques were used to make them (oil paints, tempera paints, marble, bronze, etc.). Relate the artworks to their art historical styles, including their time and place of creation (are they Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, Cubist, etc.) and to the artists who made them (how are they typical or not of the artists’ works, how do they fit into their careers). It is usually advisable to discuss each work separately first for approximately half of the paper and then compare them in the second half.
Some advice on how to write successfully about art and avoid plagiarism:
Writing skills including spelling, punctuation, grammar and more advanced skills of usage and descriptive vocabulary are important and affect ones grade. If you have problems with your writing skills, speak to me and the writing support and help offices at Queens College. The papers that do not follow the basic instructions will automatically receive a grade of F.