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Compare and Contrast Painting Paper

This assignment requires you to use MLA, 9th ed. formatting. Please see the MLA tab on this guide. The basics include:

  • 1" margins all around
  • Double space
  • Times New Roman or Ariel font, size 12
  • Header with page number and last name
  • Works Cited must include a hanging indent

Paragraph 1: Introduction

  • Introduce the two paintings by stating their titles, artists, and the artistic period or style they represent.
  • You are only permitted to utilize sources from the Taft College library and its website.
  • You must cite those sources to receive credit. Failure to cite sources will result in a grade of 'D' for the assignment, regardless of the quality and clarity of the writing.
  • Briefly explain the purpose of your paper, which is to analyze and compare the techniques used in these artworks to gain insights into their artistic styles.
  • Provide a concise overview of why you selected these specific paintings for comparison, such as shared themes, historical relevance, or notable artistic differences.

Paragraph 2: Comparison and Contrast of Techniques

  • Start by highlighting shared techniques between the two paintings, including elements like brushwork, color palettes, composition, lighting, or texture.
  • Offer specific examples from each artwork to support your observations about the similarities in technique.
  • Transition to discussing contrasting techniques, emphasizing variations in style, method, or artistic choices.
  • Provide concrete examples from both paintings to illustrate these differences effectively, making sure to offer clear explanations.

Paragraph 3: Analysis and Interpretation

  • Conclude your paper by offering insightful analysis and interpretation based on the compared and contrasted techniques.
  • Discuss how the identified techniques contribute to the overall impact and message of each painting.
  • Explore potential motivations or intentions behind the artists' use of these techniques and how they reflect individual perspectives or artistic trends of their time.
  • Evaluate the broader significance of these techniques within the context of art history, considering their influence on subsequent artists or art movements.

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