prehistoric sculpture, prehistorical context Venus of willendorf.

4. FORMAL ANALYSIS: how is the content expressed?
Look at your Formal Analysis. You already recorded your initial reactions to the work, and you produced a concise analysis of the elements of art and principles of design. Determine whether that analysis is sufficient for your thesis and whether it helps explain the works content or context. You may broaden your scope and ask whether the artist succeeded in making the art object. Artistic techniques can help address this issue. Consider detailing the necessary steps involved in the process and ways the artist augmented it (did they make it better, different, or achieved a different result than expected?).
5. HISTORICAL CONTEXT: why was the artwork produced, or what was its function?
Look at your Annotated Bibliography. More research may be required to complete this section because you need to explain how your chosen artwork is a specimen of a particular Period Style (e.g., Renaissance or Interwar Art). That means you must discuss the historical epoch via your chosen artwork. Show your mastery of the material by weaving the art-historical aspects together. The discussion of the Period Style is the crux of your paper that anchors the unique relationship of form and content within its historical context. If you discovered patrons or institutions involved in the works creation, discuss them in more detail. Consider if there were important historical events that affected the production of your chosen piece.
Briefly paraphrase your Thesis Statement (as presented above). Justify the evidence you used. Explain why it is essential to look at your artwork or why it requires historical evaluation. Bring your thesis full circle, that is, reveal how your paper produces a new understanding of your artwork or how it resolves an analytical problem. Point to broader implications of learning from this theme (artwork, technique, artist, etc.) or hypothesize a new project your research encourages. Finally, consider including a provocative insight or a pithy quotation from your sources that gives your reader a satisfying learning experience.
Look at your Works Cited submission. At a final stage, you may have more than 5 scholarly sources that you used in your research. Make sure, all sources follow the MLA format.
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