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Compare & Contrast Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli withVirgin and Child Enthroned with Saints by Duccio

The Restoration & Recovery Director has asked you to submit a minimum 4 to 5 page report in which you justify, based on stylistic, cultural & historical significance, the recovery of 2 pieces of art. The collections you’ve been asked to rebuild range from the Pre-Historic through the Early Italian Renaissance, and one piece must be from the Greco-Roman, Medieval, Northern or Early Italian Renaissance periods. The pieces you choose will be from different time periods, will have different artistic styles and different cultural contexts, yet they’ll illustrate a particular theme, idea, concept, story or point of view that you’ll need to explain.

The Tone of the Report:

Imagine your report will be used to create a new webpage for smarthistory.org, or another scholarly yet accessible site. The language used in your report should reflect your voice & writing style so it can be accessible to the public, yet your facts, ideas and information must be supported by reputable, scholarly sources and cited according to MLA guidelines.

Report Details:

Your report should contain the following components:

Introduction with a clear, controlling idea that presents a point of view (thesis) that will be developed & explained throughout the essay
Image identification for each piece (name of image, artist, date & period)
Analysis of stylistic significance (descriptive and analytical)
Analysis of cultural significance (how social, political and religious beliefs influence design, its function, or purpose, or symbolic message)
A conclusion that restates & summarizes a final point of view, or opinion

Research information should be at least 3 to 5 scholarly sources including professional web sites like museums, research institutes or universities, scholarly databases like Oxford Art Online, or Professional journals like The Art Bulletin or JSTOR. Wikipedia MAY NOT be used! Try to use .org and .edu sites. Of course Nonfiction books are also a great source. Follow MLA formatting for all citations.