Hans Memling, Diptych of Martin van Nieuwenhove
For your final paper, you will examine one artwork selected from the list below. Once you have chosen the work, you should:
1. Conduct a close visual analysis of the work, utilizing the skills that you have gained from the course so far.TIP: Find a large illustration that you can use for
closer study; the TAs will show you how to use ARTstor, a great resource for high-quality digital images.
2. Read carefully the section of GARDNER concerning the work you have chosen. To give yourself some context, you should read the chapter in which the work is
illustrated as well as the specific
text on your image or object.
3. Find at least two scholarly texts about the work you have chosen that allow you to delve more deeply into the work’s meaning and significance. These can be articles
or parts of books; the TAs will introduce some library databases that can help you find relevant sources. Wikipedia is not avalid source. While online sources might be
considered as a starting point or for personal reference, only articles that have been published in a book or journal may be used for your paper. For section in Week
Seven you will submit to your TA a FINAL PAPER STATEMENT, a short document (1-2 paragraphs) that identifies the artwork you have chosen, the scholarly texts you will
use, and includes a thesis statement that indicates your initial conclusions.
4. Write a four to five-page paper. Your paper should be double-spaced, with 1-1.25 inch margins and in a 12-point font. Please do not go over five pages! Be sure to
use endnotes (not counted towards the required number of pages). When citing sources in the endnotes, you may choose any style guide you prefer, as long as you are
consistent. Begin your paper with a close visual analysis, and combine this with what you have learned from GARDNER and from your scholarly sources. Use the skills in
reading scholarly essays that you have practiced in section. Think hard about how your close visual analysis relates to what you are reading, and work with the
a. Consider how the visual analyses in your scholarly texts are employed to support claims
and drive arguments. What other sorts of evidence are employed (evidence from religious history, period literature, etc.)?
b. Evaluate the success of the arguments and conclusions in your scholarly texts. How well do they relate to the readings of artworks offered, and how
compelling/convincing are they?
c. Does your own visual analysis of the artworks discussed in the scholarly texts—and what you have learned so far in the course—support or conflict with the author’s
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d. How does the text in GARDNER relate to the scholarly texts you have found?
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