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Art History II: Renaissance to Post Impressionism

Building on the skill sets gained from Reading Response 1 and 2, you will now compose an essay addressing the same concepts and questions. Your essay will need to be formatted with an Introduction Paragraph, Body Paragraphs, and a Conclusion Paragraph. Use the outline below and questions from Reading Response 1 and 2 as a guide.

I. Introduction- In this first paragraph, identify the main purpose/argument and provide a general overview of the topics you will be discussing in your paper. (Use questions 1 and 2 as a guide)

II. Body Paragraphs- In the body paragraphs, identify the types of research and evidence the author uses to support his main argument. You do not need to summarize the entire article, instead focus on aspects of the article that is directly related to the argument. In these paragraphs, also evaluate the strength of the argument and article as a whole. (Use questions 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 as a guide)

III. Conclusion Paragraph- Re-state your main observations and also make general connections to the class content (textbook, weekly presentations, discussions, etc.) (Use question 8 as a guide)


Citation style: The paper must be written in correct Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) formatting as stipulated in the Liberal Arts Writing Guide (available on the class website). Specific works of art that are referenced within the paper need to be included with appropriate CMS image labels, credit lines, and in-text figure references. Additionally, ideas/concepts and specific quotes must include citations. Note: this includes not only the specific assigned readings but also ideas/concepts and specific quotes that originate in the assigned textbook, lectures/presentations, and/or other outside resources.
Essay style: paper must be organized and include an introduction, thesis statement, supporting arguments and a conclusion and written in complete Standard English sentences.
Length: approximately 2 to 3 pages of text.


Dorothy Johnson’s “Corporality and Communication- The Gestural Revolution of Diderot, David, and The Oath of the Horatii”

1. What is the main purpose of this article? Is there a clear thesis statement? If so, cite it in quotations
and include a CMS footnote.
2. What type of evidence and research does the author use to support his/her argument and claims? *
3. Is the argument convincing? Why/why not
4. What were the strengths of the article? What were the weaknesses of the article? *
5. Were there any assumptions or implications present in the reading?
6. What was the author(s)’ intent, attitude, tone? Did the author seem bias?
7. How does the article align with this week’s class content? What connections can be made? Is the
information in the article supported by the information in the textbook? Are there any discrepancies?
8. Please disregard question 8 as a guide.

Last Updated on February 10, 2019

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