Art History

Art History

Art History


MLA Format

5 pages (1375 words)

  1. Your rough draft should have included at least two scholarly articles (from academic journals or university press books). If you wish, you may use sources from the bibliography in your online textbooks (but DO NOT use the textbook prose itself as a source). It is allowable to quote from the Sheriff book ONLY ONCE, and that book may count as one of your sources. Hint: The Sheriff bibliography is excellent, so if there is an idea you like in the chapter, flip to the back of the book and see if you can find a source accessible through UIC.

You will find your through the UIC library. Our excellent research resources can be found online by clicking on Library Resources (in the left hand column of this website) under Help and Support. Of particular use are the art history journals found in Art Index, Art Bibliographies Modern, or JSTOR. For a more complete list of periodicals and online material available through UIC Library, go to

Note: quotes should not exceed two lines each, so only use the part of a text that supports or complicates your argument. If you are tempted to use a quote for a listing of data, don’t! Reword the data and be sure to cite the source of the data (so you don’t get in trouble for plagiarizing someone’s hard work assembling it).

You must cite all quotes and paraphrasing. For citation format, follow the Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines at: (10 points per proper reference of source).

  1. Opening paragraph with clear, general introduction of topic. Try to make it interesting to read. What would hold your attention if you were reading this for the first time? Look at articles that you have enjoyed and see how they invite the reader to continue reading. 20 points.
  2. Thesis statement that says what the paper will say about the two objects. This usually appears at the end of the opening paragraph and is grammatical and clear. Hint: this often get written last and plugged in later (once you’ve taken the time to consider the research). 10 points
  3. A sequence of three to five paragraphs that tie back to the thesis statement in way builds up to an argument. These should contain historic information about the objects, a comparison of them, and a topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph. This is where you use the research citations named above. 40 points total
  4. A concluding paragraph that restates the thesis in terms that show you have proven your point. 20 points
  5. Catchy title: Should give general sense of the topic. Can be serious, humorous, literary, descriptive. 10 points


  1. Grammar: 30 points (minus two points per — clearly careless — grammatical error). Hint: Run a grammar check.
  2. Spelling: 40 points (minus two points per spelling error). Hint: Run a spell check.
  3. Extra Credit: If possible, in the conclusion you may indicate where the argument would go if the paper were longer or how you would improve the paper if you had a semester to expand it. 10 points.

also all You will write a research paper about one of the pairs of artworks from the below list of four comparisons. Using the perspective developed in the assigned essay from Mary D. Sheriff, Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art, UNC Press, 2010, compare your two objects from one of the points of cultural contact discussed in the class. Your rough draft should be 2-3 pages. See syllabus and/or course calendar for exact due date.

1) CLAUDIO DE ARCINIEGA, Mexico City Cathedral, 1573-1813 compared to Portal, Casa de Montejo, Merida, Mexico, 1549. For starters review “Contact and Conquest” and Farago in Sheriff 17-27 to help you develop your point of view.2) PEDRO FIGARI, Candombe (Woman in green dress in foreground), 1921 compared to HENRY O TANNER, The Thankful Poor, 1894. For starters review “Transatlantic Slave Trade” and Williams in Sheriff 177-199.

3) WILLEM KALF, Still Life with Nautilus Cup, Glasses and Fruit Bowl, 1661 compared to ABRAHAM VAN TEMPEL, Portrait of the Sea Captain Jan van Amstel and his wife Anna Boxhoorn, 1671. For starters review lectures for “Modern Africa and the Diaspora” and Hochstrasser in Sheriff, 43-64.4) FRANS POST, A Brazilian Landscape, 1650 compared to CLAUDE LORRAIN, Landscape with Cattle and Peasants, 1629. See lectures for “Modern Africa and the Diaspora” and Hochstrasser in Sheriff, 43-64.

these were the options to choose from on the rough draft which the final essay followed up on


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Art History

The Mexico City cathedral is both the oldest and largest cathedral as far as the Americas are concerned. The location is in downtown Mexico, atop a sacred precinct, adjacent to the Templo Mayor. The construction lasted almost four decades from 1573 to 1813. A keen analysis of the construction reveal that Gothic cathedrals in Spain were a major inspiration for its construction. Claudio de Arciniega, a renowned Spanish architect is credited………………….


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