Your Final for this class is to write a compare-and-contrast research paper that investigates how two works of art from different periods styles represent a particular theme in art. Your comparison must focus on the artists and period styles covered in LA 120 and must include at least ONE artwork from a period style introduced after Module 7.
The pair you choose must be drawn from two different period styles. For example, you may compare a High Classical Greek artwork with an Early Italian Renaissance artwork. You may NOT compare a High Classical Greek artwork to another work from the Hellenistic period. It is important to choose two artworks that have a number of things in common as well as a number of unique aspects to compare.

Write a minimum four- to five-page essay comparing and contrasting two works of art from two different styles covered in this course between the Pre Historic through the Early Italian Renaissance periods. One of your selected works of art must be from AFTER the midterm (Modules 8-14).

You must cover the following points in your comparison:
Introduction and Thesis
Introduce the artwork titles, period styles and artists names
Briefly state what you believe is significant about these artworks
In other words, tell your reader what works of art you will be discussing and why you think they are important

Stylistic analysis
Correctly identify artwork titles, period styles, and artists’ names
Compare the artworks by discussing key stylistic characteristics associated with artists and period styles
Apply art-history vocabulary correctly and use it to support your stylistic analysis
In other words, what makes these works stylistically significant?

Cultural analysis
Compare the artworks by discussing key cultural issues associated with artists and periods
Discuss how the cultural context of each period influenced the artistic development of the period style (make connections between cultural context and style)
In other words, what makes these works culturally significant?

Conclusion and Thematic Connection
Analyze the ways art can affect and/or reflect cultural, political and social issues
Draw conclusions about the artist/society which produced the artwork from the comparison
In other words, what “thematic connection” can you make between the two works of art that helps you better understand them or the culture they represent?

Use three sources in addition to the module text. Examples include:
Scholarly professional website (for example, a museum, research institute or university)
Nonfiction book published within the last 50 years
An art history textbook (such as Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition, or Schneider-Adams’s Art Across Time)
Professional art historical publication (magazine or journal, can be online) such as The Art Bulletin
Databases such as the Oxford Dictionary of Art Online (accessible through the AAU Library website)
Credible professional websites, such as those of museums, galleries, and universities, for example:
The Getty Center
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Module 8: Byzantine Art
Church of Hagia Sophia, by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus for Justinian (patron)
Church of San Vitale (aerial view), Justinian (patron)
Justinian, Bishop Maximianus, and Attendants, from Church of San Vitale, Ravenna
Module 9: Early Medieval and Islamic Art
Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne (restored plan), Odo of Metz, Charlemagne (patron)
Doors with relief panels (Genesis and Life of Christ), Bishop Bernward (patron)
Crucifixion, front cover of the Lindau Gospels
Crucifix, painted wood, Archbishop Gero (patron)
The Prayer Hall of the Great Mosque, Cordoba, Spain
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
Alhambra Palace, Muqarnas Dome, Granada, Spain
Module 10: Romanesque Art and Architecture
Creation and Temptation of Adam and Eve, Modena Cathedral, Italy by Willigelmus
Last Judgment, west tympanum of Saint-Lazare, Autun, France by Gislebertus
Pentecost and Mission of the Apostles, tympanum of the center portal of the narthex of La Madeleine, Vezelay, France
Saint Sernin, Toulouse, France
Christ in Majesty, by Bernardus Gelduinus, Saint Sernin, France
The Bayeux Tapestry
Hildegard of Bingen, folio from Scivias, Germany
Module 11: Gothic Art and Architecture
Abbey Church of Saint-Denis, Abbot Suger (patron)
Laon Cathedral (west facade) France
Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France
Module 12: Late Gothic Art in Italy
St. Francis Altarpiece, by Bonaventura Berlinghieri
Madonna Enthroned with Angels and Prophets, by Cimabue
Madonna Enthroned, by Giotto di Bondone
Lamentation, fresco from the Arena Chapel by Giotto di Bondone
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints, principal panel of the Maesta Altarpiece, by Duccio di Buoninsegna
The Annunciation, by Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi(?)
Effects of Good Government in the City and in the Country by Ambrogio Lorenzetti
Module 13: 15th Century Art of the North
January, from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, by the Limbourg Brothers
Descent from the Cross (Deposition), by Rogier van der Weyden
Portrait of a Lady, by Rogier van der Weyden
Portinari Altarpiece, by Hugo van der Goes
The Arnolfini Portrait (Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride), by Jan van Eyck
Ghent Altarpiece (open), by Jan van Eyck
Module 14: Early Italian Renaissance
Gates of Paradise, by Lorenzo Ghiberti
David, by Donatello
Tribute Money, by Masaccio
Holy Trinity, by Masaccio
Annunciation, by Fra Angelico
Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli
Madonna and Child with Angels, by Fra Filippo Lippi
Foreshortened Christ, by Andrea Mantegna
Dome of the Florence Cathedral, by Filippo Brunelleschi
Santa Maria Novella, by Leon Batista Alberti
Feast of Herod by Donatello

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