Posted: July 26th, 2022
You will visit virtual art galleries (such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and select an artwork that would serve to analyze or synthesize or expand on art historical concepts drawn from lessons leading up to each Didactic panel’s due date. (Lessons 1-3 for the first Didactic Panel Assignment, lessons 4-7 for the second Didactic Panel Assignment). The key to this project will be in playing the role of an expert who disseminates information to an interested general audience. Your written data should tell a story about the artwork you selected, illuminating significant information.
Throughout the lessons you will be invited to follow links hosted by significant international art galleries, such as the National Gallery of England, the Louvre, or the Museum of Modern Art. These galleries provide images that you can download for your project. You may also want to use Wikimedia for high quality images. Select artworks that fall in the historical range of the lessons, but which have not been discussed in the lessons or textbook.
Be sure to give accurate and complete information about the date of the art object (painting or sculpture), its creator, and its medium (oil, bronze, mixed media).
Your panel should answer the following questions:
What is the object? Is a painting, a sculpture?
What category does it fall into? Is it a historical painting? A genre painting? Is it an example of abstract expressionism?
What is its historical context? Was it produced during the renaissance? Is it a response to another type of art? Does it challenge established art practice? Does it make a political comment?
What is its purpose? Is it religious? Does it tell a story? Is it only decorative?
What does it tell us, if anything about the artist? At what point in the artist’s career was it produced. Was the artist part of a political or artistic movement?
Criteria for assessment:
Word length: be succinct but complete. Your panel should be around 350 words long.
Factual accuracy: be sure you have all your facts straight
Organization: your panel should have a logical flow of ideas, and if possible tell a story that engages the reader/viewer.
Appropriateness of language: remember that you are taking the role of a curator who is explaining a piece of art to the general public. You should sound like an authority or expert, but treat your reader as an informed viewer. Think of this of a “meeting of worlds” between the art gallery patron and the art gallery.
Grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure: nothing takes away from the professionalism of your panel like extensive writing errors.
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