Art History 337

15th-Century Italian Renaissance Art

On the Paper

On the Paper

The Master of the L.A.
Lanckoronski Annunciation. 1445/1450.
San Francisco, Museum of the Legion of Honor

Course Description
Course Requirements
Lecture Schedule
Web Sites and other Sources
News about Italian Renaissance Art
Vasari's Lives of the Artists
Sources for Florence

On the Paper

Basic Perimeters and Some Suggestions

Some Preliminary Ideas

Online Resources

Footnotes, Endnotes, Books and Articles: Why and How

Due Dates, etc

Student Paper Topics

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Basic Perimeters

Each student enrolled in the course will complete a paper. This course is given with Writing Credit and the majority of that credit will be earned by writing a well-composed semi-research paper of 10-15 pages using the standard writing and technical formats.

Suggested topics:

One basic idea would be to take a particular work of art, such as Donatello's David(s) or one of Piero della Francesca's paintings and trace its history and critical fortune. Questions to answer would include: How much to we really know about this object? What is its factual history? What problems does it seem to pose, or answer? What is the critical history of the object? How have (selected) art historians considered and evaluated the object? What do art historians think is significant about the object in terms of the larger history of art and of Florence? This kind of topic and approach would probably be appropriate for most 410 students, and could be adequately explored in a paper of about ten pages.

Some Preliminary Ideas:

General Fifteenth-century Topics

Topics Specific to a Particular City


Online Resources

Footnotes, Endnotes, Books and Articles: Why and How

Why Footnotes or Endnotes? You will be using research and other sources from a number of authors. You must truthfully and accurately acknowledge the source of this information in a manner that will enable your reader to look up the source to get more information or even just to double-check what you have written. You also want to let the reader know which parts of your paper have their sources in other scholars' publications and which parts are your own descriptions, theories, and conclusions. To not do so is to commit plagiarism, which is considered a very serious offense in the university world.

Here is a link to Indiana University's Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It

Here is a link to UM's collection of resources : Student Writing Resources / Avoiding Plagiarism.

Footnotes or Endnotes? I don't care which you use, just don't use in-text citations.

How to cite books in footnotes or endnotes is gone over in the "How to Please the Prof" handout. If you don't have one, let me know. [This information is also reprinted below *]

To cite a book in the annotated bibliography: Last Name, First Name of Author, Title, Place of Publication, Date. If no place of publication, put "n.p"; if no date of publication, put "n.d.". Remember to look also on the last page of the book for this information; some publishers, esp. European ones, put that info. there.

Cane, Harry. "Some expensive art in Miami." Journal of Expensive Things. [underline the title], vol. 6, no. 3 (March, 1999), 23-46.

How to cite articles in footnotes or endnotes: An article is listed on the bibliography as:

 Harry Cane. "Some expensive art in Miami." Journal of Expensive Things. [Quotation marks for the title of the article; 
 underline the title of the journal], vol. 6, no. 3 (March, 1999), 23-46.

*If you are citing this in a footnote or endnote, put the author's first name first, then the last name (ie, Harry Cane.) Also, if you will be referring to a specific part of the article in your footnote or endnote, instead of using the page numbers that refer to the entire article (as above), cite only those that are the ones you are using (ie, "32-34") For the first such citation, write it like this:
Harry Cane. "Some expensive art in Miami." Journal of Expensive Things. vol. 6, no. 3 (March, 1999), 23-46; 32-34.

For the second and later citations of the article, just do like this:
Cane, 41-43.

Due Dates for Each Part of the Paper

There will be four parts to each paper:

  1. A preliminary description of the subject to be explored (5% of final grade) Due: September 13;
  2. An annotated bibliography of the most relevant sources (10% of final grade) Due: September 27;
    Wait (you say) what's an annotated bibliography?
    Well, you find books and articles that look to be useful for your project. You read them over thoroughly enough to see if you will likely use them. Please find 8-10 titles. You write them up with identifying information and an explanatory sentence or two to indicate how you will use each title. Example:
    Brown, Patricia Fortini. Art and Life in Renaissance Venice. New York, 1997. [note name of publisher is
    not needed.]
      This is a short overview of Venice in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, organized by topic. The book comes with 
      a timeline and surprisingly detailed bibliography. For my topic on portraiture, it seems that the chapter "Caste, 
      Class, and Gender" will be helpful at least in creating an overview of the subject. 
  3. A full first draft (10% of final grade) Due: Nov. 6 ;
  4. The completed paper (75% of final grade) Due: Nov. 27

Each part has its own due date. Each part must be handed in on time and fully completed to receive full credit.

Student Paper Topics

Amy           The Equestrian Monument: Donatello and Verrocchio
Andrea        Competitions in the Renaissance
Ashley D.     Brunelleschi's Dome
Ashley G.     Donatello's Davids
Blythe        Brunelleschi: Ospedale degli Innocenti
Danielle       Donatello's Davids
Diane         Masaccio: one work
Erin          The Humanist Tomb
Jessalyn      David in the Renaissance
Jonathan      The Patronage of Isabella d'Este
Lauren        Masaccio: The Trinity
Melinda       Verrocchio: Christ and St. Thomas
Melissa       Ghibert's Gates of Paradise
Nicole        Piero della Francesca
Patrick       Michelozzo and the Medici Palace
Susan         Donatello's Zuccone



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