Compare and contrast two paintings


ASSIGNMENT: Write a 3-5 page essay comparing and contrasting two works of art from two different styles covered in this course between the periods of the High Renaissance and Impressionism. One of your selected works of art must be from AFTER the midterm (Modules 8-14) 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 module text) 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 words…there 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 child) such as The Art Bulletin these can be accessed through an online database free through the AAU Library called JSTOR

Oxford/Grove Dictionary of Art Online

Credible professional websites such as those of museums, galleries, and universities, for example:

The Getty Center

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In other words…don’t use Wikipedia!!!


Your research paper must:

Be a minimum of 3-5 pages, excluding illustrations, headings, and paragraph breaks.

Be spell-checked, grammar-checked, proofread for errors not caught by your computer.

Include a heading containing your full name, ID number, class title and section, date, and instructor’s name.

Be typed and double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Be submitted as a Microsoft Word-compatible document (.doc or .rtf, not .docx).

Cite references used according to MLA style and include a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. You are encouraged to use A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker for help with MLA style, revision, punctuation, and sentence style, and A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnett for specific help with comparing and contrasting artwork.


Module 15

Post your research paper in the Module 15 Assignment Topic


Thematic Connection 35%

Stylistic Significance 25%

Cultural Significance 25%

Research & Citations 10%

Writing Mechanics 05%

Total = 100%

My proposal I attached is not good so please don’t base too much off of it. I have attached notes and comments I found in the module. I need outside resources as well and a work cited page

The two images I need to write and research about are

Pieter Aertsen, A Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms

Willem Claesz Heda Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware

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