Posted: September 18th, 2017
VISUAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT
This is a 3000 words essay about the ancient Roman monument is the Trajan’s Column in Rome. It has to be done in Chicago manual style, with six academic resources, use http://www.jstor.org/ to find academic resources.
Students will be required to submit a 3,000 word (typed in Arial or Times New Roman font, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing) Visual Analysis Assignment (see below for “What is Visual Analysis?”) based on their choice of monument or artefact studied.
● Title Page – include a creative, but relevant, title page with the title of your assignment, your full name, your instructor’s name, the course code, and the date of submission.
● Text – Your assignment must be well written and well structured. Please be sure to proof-read for spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as English usage.
● Formatting – assignments must be typed in Arial or Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 line spacing.
● Word Count – students must declare a word count at the end of the assignment (print screen). The word limit of 3,000 excludes footnotes, the title page and bibliography. Students will be penalized 5% if significantly below/above (+/- 250 words) the word count.
● Ancient Sources – when using ancient sources, these must be fully cited according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with this format of reference.
● Modern Sources – you must have at least 5 scholarly sources (your textbooks do not count). Be sure to properly reference your sources, in the footnotes and bibliography, using the Chicago MoS formatting. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with this format of reference.
● Bibliography – include as the last page of your assignment. Please use the Chicago MoS formatting. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with this format of reference.
What is Visual Analysis?
Like any literary work, every monument, every image and every artwork has a story to tell; the problem, however, is that people cannot often find the right words when it comes to a visual artefact. So how does one extract meaning from a visual artefact? Most art historians today hold that a visual artefact has multiple meanings: the meaning(s) it had
for the artist/creator, the meaning(s) it had for its first audience, the meaning(s) it had for later audiences, and the meaning(s) it has for us today. Whether you are a veteran art historian or a novice art enthusiast, everyone has the ability to read a visual artefact – this is known as visual analysis. The key to any visual analysis begins with asking the right
questions, and that means focusing on the 5 Ws:
(Who crafted/painted/sculpted or constructed the monument?
Were there multiple artists? For whom was it made? Whom
does the image/object represent?)
(What does the monument represent? What is happening in the
scene depicted? If you are unsure of the exact subject matter,
can you discern a general theme? This is where DESCRIPTION
is very important – describe what you see, in detail!)
(Where is the monument found? Is this the same place as where
it was originally displayed? Where is it currently displayed?
How does its modern context affect its ancient context?)
(When was it created? When was it found? by what means? Can you uncover anything
about its history from antiquity to the present day?)
(Why was it created? What was its function and meaning?)
write an assignment by employing visual analysis. First ask as many of the questions above as possible. The answers to some of these questions will be readily available from secondary sources, but the point of this assignment is not to simply regurgitate this information through direct quotes, but rather, to get you to start looking at visual artifacts and analyzing what you see by asking various questions. With
these questions you will be able to gain insight into what these artefacts tell us about the Etruscans and Romans
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