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Artwork Analysis

Identification of object/image for all 3 examples
Formal Analysis of 1 example
Sample questions to think about: What relationships do formal features like line, composition, color, etc. create and how does this impact our understanding of meaning?
Analysis of context, function, and message for all 3 examples
Use as many vocabulary terms as possible
Sample questions to think about: What is it, where was it found, who made it, etc...? How was the object/image created and how does that affect our understanding of it and the message it sends? How was this building/object used? How is its function typical of that culture and/or innovative for that particular object/structure? What relationship does it have with its surroundings, how does that affect the message it sends, and how is this representative of that cultural moment? What historical events or aspects of social, religious, political, etc. context relate to its manufacture and how does that relate to intended message?, etc.
When possible, also address the monument’s modern context/use/treatment
Comparative analysis of both similar and divergent traditions for all 3 examples
Sample questions to think about: How does these images and the traditions they represent build upon previous traditions? How are they distinct from those traditions? How do these similarities and differences reflect the similar/different needs of the creators in each case?

Formal Analysis
In formally analyzing (insert the artist’s name, if available, and title of the work you’ll analyze formally), I will particularly concentrate on (name of the formal elements on which you will focus in your analysis. Then proceed to conduct a formal analysis that also introduces important aspects of the work, including vocabulary as appropriate, and arrives at an understanding of the message the work sends formally.)

Contextual Analysis
The message sent by (insert the name of the work you analyzed formally) can be pushed further when the work is understood within its original context. Conduct a contextual analysis of the work you just analyzed formally, being sure to introduce function and discuss further messaging.
Insert a sentence transitioning to Work #2. Then introduce and analyze the context of Work #2, using vocabulary as appropriate, introducing function, and considering the message sent.
Insert a sentence transitioning to Work #3. Then introduce and analyze the context of Work #3, using vocabulary as appropriate, introducing function, and considering the message sent.

Conclusion: Comparative Analysis
Conduct a comparative analysis and use it to draw broader conclusions about the styles and movements you have considered in your essay and how they relate to one another across time.

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