The contextual analysis of the Nefertiti Bust of 1345 BCE
You will develop and write a paper that analyzes the form, content, and context of the work of art selected. A contextual analysis requires a comprehensive investigation of the work of art; therefore, your investigation will require scholarly research in order to obtain historical evidence about the work. When researching, be sure to search for both specific information on the work of art and its artist, as well as for more general information about the work’s culture, era, and style or artistic movement. Start researching your artwork with the following questions as a guide: Where was the original location of the artwork (where was it meant to be seen)? How does the setting affect our perceptions of the work? Has the site been incorporated into the composition? What subject matter does the work depict? What was the purpose of the artwork? How does the artwork reflect the historical era in which it was produced? What roles do patrons, artists, audience, and critics play in the creation of the work? How was the work received? Is there any written evidence of contemporary reactions to the work of art? How is the artwork discussed or debated today? Think about the scholarly articles you have selected: how do scholars interpret the work and what types of arguments do they make? Your Works Cited page should consist of the following sources: 2 books (outside of your textbook, feel free to use EBSCOhost, available through SWC′s Academic Databases) 2-3 scholarly articles retrieved from SWC’s Academic Databases available through the library website (Jstor, Proquest, etc.) 2 museum or academic websites (Heilbrunn Timeline, Smarthistory, etc) Do NOT use any open source web sources (wikipedia, ask.com). Remember there are resources on the Home Page of the Canvas classroom. The essay format should be double—spaced, using a standard size font and margins (12-point Times New Roman font with standard 1-inch margins). Please refer to the MLA rules for guidelines on citing and formatting, located in the Helpful links module of the Canvas classroom. The essay should have a clear thesis and main points supported by properly cited evidence when quoting or paraphrasing from sources. You MUST also have an introductory and a concluding paragraph. The paper must be 6-8 pages, typed, and double-spaced.
MLA Format, 1923 words