Leonardo da Vinci, Adoration of the Magi
The piece of art I choose is Leonardo da Vinci, Adoration of the Magi, 1481, oil and tempera on panel, Florence, Uffizi.
1. Conduct a close visual analysis of the work. Find a high quality digital images on artstor.org and add it to the last page of the paper (the image does not count as
2. Find at least two scholarly texts about the work of art you have chosen that allow you to explore it in depth and consider its meaning and impact. These can be
chapters in a book or scholarly articles. Only scholarly texts that have been properly published can be used (like Jstor–premier article database for art history).
Begin the paper with a close visual analysis, combining it with what you have learned from other scholarly sources.
3. When referring to the literature use endnotes, which are not counted towards the total number of pages.
4. Think hard about how your close visual analysis relates to what you are reading, and work with the following questions:
a. Consider how the visual analysis in the scholarly texts are employed to support claims and drive arguments. What other sort of evidence is used (evidence from
history, literature etc.)?
b. Evaluate the success of the arguments and conclusions of the scholarly texts you are utilizing. How well do they relate to the readings of works of art offered, and
how compelling/convincing are they?
c. Does your own visual analysis of the works of artsupport or conflict the authors’ readings and conclusions?
And there is a suggested layout:
• Thesis statement
• Visual/Formal analysis (what you see, what you will focus upon)
• Summary of textual sources
• Evaluation of argument(s)
• Personal critique of object and/or scholarly sources
• Ultimate conclusions (are the arguments posed compelling/persuasive/ Other potential interpretations?)