Topic: Giotto di Bondone, The Adoration of the Magi
Carefully organize the important information and main ideas of your paper. In the first paragraph, fully identify and introduce your subject, the main themes of your paper, and methods of analysis (optional). Then, in a logical sequence of well-structured paragraphs that make up the body of the paper, develop each of the themes you introduced in the first paragraph. Begin with the most important theme, which may be to explain what is known about the original setting (placement), function, and patronage of the work of art, that is, the specific historical context for which the work of art was made. After an analysis of the historical facts surrounding the work, include a straight-forward identification of the work’s subject matter (you may include information about the work’s textual or iconographic source, tradition, and the artist’s particular interpretation of the subject matter). Describe the composition of the work of art and its style (for example, how it has characteristics of an artistic period style, a regional style, or an artist’s personal style). In analyzing its form, you may also consider such issues as scale, materials, techniques, and condition. To illustrate specific points and support your arguments, you are welcome to discuss other works of art and include illustrations, but do not pad your paper with information that is not directly related to the work of art you have chosen to write about. The main themes of your paper should always address an issue and make a point that is directly related to the work of art that is the main subject of your paper. End with a summation of and conclusion to your research in the final paragraph of your paper.
Please also double-space the footnotes and bibliography sections so that there is room for me to make corrections. For footnotes and bibliography, use the same font size as the text in the body of your paper. For titles of works of art, book titles, and foreign words (for example, in situ), underline the words or put them in italics. Illustrations in the form of sketches, diagrams, postcards, or photocopies, are welcome.
Sources for all particular facts and interpretations must be cited in footnotes or endnotes. In this paper, do not quote from secondary sources unless it is absolutely necessary (in other words, please do not quote from secondary sources). You may use quotation marks to include material from primary sources (for example, a quotation from a Biblical text). Put all information and ideas into your own words and then use footnotes to let your reader know exactly where to locate the material.