What Is the Process of “Visual Analysis” and Why Is It Important?
Advertisements generally make these claims openly and even tell you the claim in the text. Works of art may be more subtle but they usually are also trying to get the viewer to believe something. How can you analyze visual images?
Some professors will look for a formal analysis alone; others will expect you to frame your formal description in terms of historical information.
Whether in photography, sculpture, or painting, the theory of formal analysis will help students to compose their works of art as professional artists would.
Suzanne Hudson and Nancy Noonan-Morrissey, The Art of Writing about Art (Belmont, CA: Thomson Learning, 2002).
Henry M. Sayre, Writing about Art (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005).