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Each Layer Consists of 4 Possible Elements to Seek Out and Identify in the Work
The story, the back or pre story, the other or hidden story, the message
The appeal (what pulls you in?), the reward or take away, the skill/mastery of the artist on display, the new/different/unusual
Technique, Form/structure, Methods, Symbolism
Surprise, Tension, Emotion and Movement
To other works (in and out of the medium/genre), to history, to oneself, to
the artist’s other works or personal life.
A successful analysis will refer to specific historical events, ideas, or people, and show how they influenced the art.
What constitutes art? Architecture, paintings, sculptures, flag, editorial cartoons...
What constitutes music? Opera, anthems, scores...
What constitutes literature? Newspaper editorials, books, plays, speeches, quotes, poems, short stories, theater, fiction...
Jacques-Louis David. "The Death of Marat." 1793. Online image. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Web. 30 Oct. 2013. Definition of realism: http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/310982?terms=realism
Author's name if available (last name first). "Description or title of image." Date of image. Online image. Site name (in italics). Institution and city where the original image/artwork is held, if known. Web. Date accessed.
Note: You may add the specific type of online image (i.e., map, cartoon, chart or graphic).