comparing and contrasting two works of art: Kangxi Emperor portrait vs Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacn

ASSIGNMENT:  Write a 3-5 page essay comparing and contrasting two works of art covered in this course. One of your selected works of art must be non-Western (as this is a Topics in World Art course). 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 uses it to support your stylistic analysis
In other words What make 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?

Incorporate 3 our more sources (outside of lecture notes & textbook) to support your analysis
Properly cite your sources using MLA format
Include a list of Works Cited 
Written Mechanics

Use of grammar, spelling and punctuation correctly throughout your paper
In other wordsthere should be no mechanical errors!
SOURCES:  3 in addition to  the module text

scholarly professional web site (for example, a museum, research institute or university)
nonfiction book published within the last 50 years
an art history textbook such as Garnders Art Through the Ages, Jansen’s, or Schneider-Adams
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

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