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Please use this course guide as a starting point for your research.
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Starting Your Research:
Use the steps in the boxes below to refine your research topic before beginning. It will save you time!
Before you even begin your research, find your selected work of art on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, Yale University Art Gallery website, etc. It is important to have this in front of you so that you can use your formal analysis skills and the details provided in the museum's catalog record to formulate some research topics or questions.
The Research Assignment:
Choose one of the following aspects of the artwork's historical context to research, in addition to the subject/story:
Hint: Doing a thorough visual analysis of the art prior to this will help you generate questions. Also use details from the museum's information associated with the art to inform these questions.
What interests you about the object? What do you notice?
Think: Who, What, When, Where, Medium, Subject, Composition/style
You can use this guide to locate sources that will help answer your questions.
Look at your research questions and decide what category each one falls into.
If I want to find out information about a Greek or Egyptian mythological figure, I would probably start with the subject matter and symbolism tab, and possibly also check the historical context tab afterwards.
If I want to learn about sculpting techniques or how a piece of jewelry was made, I would look under the style and function tab first.
Also, use your research questions to isolate and brainstorm keywords that you can use to search online sources and look up in the index of print sources.