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AHST 1152: Modern Art (Cesiro)

Class Example/Worksheet

Class Worksheet

Here are the requirements for your assignment:

Class Example

We will practice formal analysis and visual inquiry with this example:

Mark Rothko, No. 13 (White, Red on Yellow)

When you begin to research your own work of art, start by looking for it on the Metropolitan Musem of Art's web page, or if you cannot find it, look closely at the notes and photos you took at the museum.

*TIP:* Pay close attention to the links under the Met's description of your painting. You may be able to find some helpful sources relating to your artist and/or style of art.

Visual Inquiry

Asking Questions

To begin your research, ask questions that you are interested in answering about your works of art. Answers to these questions will help you describe the object and put it in its historical context.


Think: Who, What, When, Where, Medium, Subject, Composition/style



  • Who is the artist?
  • Where did he or she paint?
  • When and Where was the painting made? (historical context)
  • Who was the patron who paid for it?
  • Where does the painting hang in the museum and when was it acquired?
  • What is its medium?
  • What is the narrative depicted (subject)?
  • What about its composition, style? What distinguishes this artist's style from others?
  • Who are some related artists?

Creating Keywords

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