Write a museum paper that both responds to a selected question

You are required to write a museum paper that both responds to a selected question and pursues (virtual) visual research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Frick Collection or ANY Museum of your choosing.

Write a museum paper that both responds to a selected question

You are required to write a museum paper that both responds to a selected question and pursues (virtual) visual research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Frick Collection or ANY Museum of your choosing.  The assignment requires you to choose a broad problem/theme to examine. Then, employ pictorial examples from the museum’s collection to both focus. Support your argument. Your paper, which should be 5-7 pages in length. Must be properly documented using Chicago Manual Style footnotes or endnotes (if applicable). NB: I don’t expect there to be a great deal of footnotes since this is more a looking/comprehension exercise v. a research-heavy paper.

PLAGIARIZED PAPERS WILL RECEIVE A FAILING GRADE.

CHANGE TO ASSINGMENT:  Since most of you were NOT able to attend the museum, you may choose to complete this museum assignment using ANY MUSEUM COLLECTION OF YOUR CHOICE! You may also use more than one collection, but please make sure you identify which collection(s) you are using.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have re: your choice.  If you need Museum suggestions, please feel free to ask! Some options:  Louvre (Paris); Prado (Madrid); National Gallery (DC); National Gallery (London); Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).

Possible Essay Themes for Museum Object Paper:

Choose 1 question total from among the following 8 choices:

Renaissance/ Mannerism:

Using two to four examples from the Met’s (or any other) collection examine, compare, and discuss the qualities and characteristics of Renaissance painting in Flanders and Italy. 

Firstly, Using two or three examples from the Met’s (or any other) collection discuss how Early Renaissance art was a combination of careful observation, Humanist reasoning, and religious mysticism.

Secondly, Using two examples from the Met’s (or any other) collection, explain how these works best represent the High Renaissance and what characteristics make the works prime examples of the period.

Lastly, Using two or three examples from the Met’s (or any other) collection, describe the typical characteristic of Mannerism and explain in what ways these characteristics appear in the selected works.

Baroque:

In what way did the Counter-Reformation Church inspire and inform the art of the 17th century?  Choose two to three examples from the collection to discuss.
Also, Examine the use of self-images in Baroque art.  Discuss three examples.
Examine the use of realism, dramatic light, and gesture in three works of art.
Genre painting enjoyed enormous popularity in the Northern Baroque period.

Lastly, Discuss three examples from the collection of these types of work.

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