Assumptions of virtual tour paintings. For this Historical Essay, you will provide a formal analysis and the historical context for a work of art in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. You may choose a work from any time period, medium, geography or culture. Due to COVID, you are not required to see the work of art in person. The museum documents its collection through its database, including high resolution images and information regarding the artist, date, dimensions, and materials used in the artwork.
Start here to examine works of art in the Art Institute’s collection: https://www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually
If you are interested in the painter El Greco, there is a virtual tour of his painting The Assumption from 1577 here: https://www.artic.edu/interactive-features/the-assumption-of-the-virgin A part of the Art Institute’s permanent collection.
Select your object and post on assigned Discussion Board by Monday, April 19th, 11:30PM
Download a photograph from the Art Institute website and simply post it with the artist’s name, title, and date on the Discussion Board. Once everyone posts their objects, I will suggest some sources and offer comments, which I hope will help you get started. By selecting your object for the Historical Essay by the beginning of week four gives you time to do research and complete the paper by the end of the quarter. This assignment is not graded, but five points will be deducted from the final paper if not completed.
Take a careful look at your selected object online and make notes based on the prompts for the assignment listed below.
Once you have compiled your observations and researched your object, write a five to six page paper based on the questions asked below. Be sure the text is double-spaced and uses 12-point font.
Four research sources are required. (Details of how to find materials can be found below.) When you paraphrase or directly quote any sources, you must provide a citation. (Formatting guidelines provided below)