ART100 CSUOnline National Gallery Of Art Museum Visit Artworks Review

ART100 CSUOnline National Gallery Of Art Museum Visit Artworks Review

Assignment 1

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Museum Paper

This assignment was designed to prompt you to visit an actual art museum and identify the concepts of medium, content or subject matter, style and formal elements in actual works of art.

The museum I choose is : National Gallery of Art, 4 th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


1. You will then write a minimum 3-page paper onTHREE art works from the museum you visit. (National Gallery of Art, 4 th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC )

2. Your paper must include proper identification of each of the three art works; a discussion of:

– the style/movement each work fits into and explanation
– a discussion of 2-3 formal elements related to each work you discuss

3. Your paper must also include an introduction and a conclusion, a heading and proper grammar/spelling/sentence structure. Please use the “Art 100 Museum Paper


Grading Rubric” (attached above) as a checklist as you write your paper to ensure that ALL required information is included in each section of your paper.

Please read these directions and the “Art 100 Museum Paper Grading Rubric” (attached above) before visiting your museum of choice.

Format/Style: 10 points

Paper must be typed, double spaced, at least 3-4 pages in length, include a heading with name, date submitted and the course name and number (Art Appreciation/ART 100).

Grammar, spelling and sentence structure must be checked and not impede comprehension.

Titles of art works must be italicized or underlined (not in quotation marks!).
Sources must be cited properly, if used.


Introduction: 10 points

Include name of museum and date of visit.
Identify artist, title (in italics!), date of work and medium.
Describe the content and/or subject matter (describe what you see when you look at the work).
( For example: ” Agnolo Bronzino’s Eleanor of Toledo from 1544 is an oil on wood portrait of a mother seated with her young son standing on her right side. The mother is wearing an elaborate dress with black and gold details. The child has blond hair and is wearing a dark blue jacket and is smiling slightly.)
Identify a style or movement the work is associated with; use your Preble’s textbook to place the work in its style category. Explain how it fits into this particular art movement.
( For example: “Eleanor of Toledo was completed during the beginning of the Mannerist art movement, which took place in Italy beginning in the 1520s. This painting is characteristically Mannerist because the figures in the painting have exaggerated and elongated proportions-especially fingers-and are painted with rich colors used to imply texture.”)
Give your personal reaction to the three works you chose (what you liked/did not like).
Describe how this assignment expanded your appreciation of art.
Identify a commonality or theme between the works (this could be a similar medium, subject matter, art period/movement, color or other formal element, etc.).

THREE WORKS: 90 points (30 points per work-complete these steps for EACH work you include in your paper):

Identify 2-3 formal elements (define each formal element using your textbook; identify each formal element in the art work).
( For example: “The dress depicted in Bronzino’s Eleanor of Toledo demonstrates the artist’s use of texture. Texture is the perceived surface quality of an object. In the painting the fabric of the mother’s dress appears to be silk with velvet details and shiny pearl and gold beads…”)

Conclusion: 15 points

Assignment 2

A popular debate is whether art should be returned to its cultural homeland. There are numerous legal cases involving this debate. The question is whether museums should be required to return their art and artifacts, especially if acquired during conquests and wars. One of the most infamous cases commonly referred to is that of The Elgin Marbles.

1. Please review the following:

British Museum’s argument for keeping these infamous pieces of Greek artwork:


The idea of “Cultural Property” is discussed in this article on the same topic


2. After reading both articles, do you believe The Elgin Marbles should stay in London or should they be returned to Athens? Why or why not? Provide at least 5 complete sentences to justify your opinion with ample reasoning.