As undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in this class, there will be two different types of papers required. Graduates please see here for your papers.
- Undergraduates will write two short papers according to directions to be supplied by the Professor. In creating this paper, students will be required to demonstrate minimal research skills, acceptable (that is, good) writing skills and timely adherence to deadlines.
- "Minimal research skills" may be defined as: the ability to go to the library and find relevant sources; the ability to use the Interlibrary Loan Service; the demonstration of minimal critical skills and judgment in assembling the final paper.
- With due diligence, you should be able to produce the paper in plenty of time for the deadline. The first suggestion to follow is:
Pay attention to the Paper Requirements
Pay attention to the Professor's Gentle Suggestions
- The Undergaduate Paper is to be 4 to 6 pages long. It can be longer (but no more than 8-10 pages) but it cannot be shorter.
- Format: Use 8 x 11.5 paper, one inch margins all around. Use twelve point type. Use footnotes or endnotes. No in-text notes.
- Besides notes, you will need to have a bibliography and plates (illustrations). These are not included in the paper length, which means that the final length of your paper could be significantly more than 4 to 6 pages.
- You must visit the Professor at least twice re: your paper and your progress before you hand it in. If you cannot visit during office hours, you will need to be able to come at some other time, to be arranged in consideration of both your and my schedule.
- Students must complete both papers to get credit for this assignment. That is, you cannot write one paper and hope for half credit.
Paper Suggestions (which are close to being Requirements)
- This is a short paper. Pick a short subject.
- Best is to pick one work of art, or two closely related ones. Suggestions for Topics that should Work:
- Giotto in the Arena, Bardi, OR Peruzzi Chapel.
- Donatello's realism (ie, perspective, emotionalism, use of space...)
- Two contrasting sculptures from Orsanmichele (ie, by different sculptors with different interests).
- Botticelli--the Mythological paintings, Portraits, or Religious Paintings. Be sure to see me about shaping this topic before you get mired in the thousands of Botticelli books and articles.
- Leonardo and the Mona Lisa, or look at 2 of his other female portraits.
- Recent discussions on female portraiture.
- Recent discussions on male portraiture.
- The Putto (this is the baby angel you see in many paintings and sculptures)
- Donatello's David (an aspect of)
- Michelangelo's David (an aspect of)
- Jan van Eyck and portraiture
- Jan van Eyck's Portinari Altarpiece
- An aspect of prints in the North (esp. Durer)
- Bramante's Tempietto.
- Raphael's Madonnas: 2 or 3 compare and contrast.
- One painting by Titian.
- Finally: there are a very few useful objects in the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and also at the UK Museum in Lexington. Work on one of these could be an interesting alternative to working from photographs. Please see me before taking on this alternative.
- If these aren't enough ideas, or if you have ANY questions, see me asap. You can also send me questions, comments, via e-mail: email@example.com
- I will need a paragraph describing your choice on Wednesday, _____.