Posted: June 26th, 2015

Analysis of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres' Grande Odalisque

Ingres was a major contributor to the Orientalist movement in 19th century French painting. His images perpetuate an alluring and rather misleading image of the Orient. Compare the image Ingres presents to a more truthful understanding of the Near East.

Goal for Assignment- Developing skills for visual and written analysis of a specific work of art
Incorporating research into your analysis


—-Examine the work of art carefully; check anything the text book may say about this work or artist and then do some research to find out more about it. JSTOR, available through the La Salle library website, is an excellent resource for full-text articles. You may NOT use the Internet for research.
—-Using your research and understanding of the work of art, develop a thesis answering the question regarding the work.


—-Create an outline for your research before writing your paper. This will be handed in, so make sure it is typed and about a page. MUST include your thesis and main ideas.
—-When writing outline, draft, revise, edit, and proofread.
—-Your paper must have a clearly stated thesis in the introductory paragraph which is then supported by the research in the body of your paper. A good thesis is more than just a summary of the work of art you are discussing.
—-You must also have a clear conclusion tying together the main points of your paper. The conclusion should not simply be a list of the same points made in the intro.
—-Use specific details and examples to illustrate your points. While you do not need to perform a visual analysis within the paper, it may be helpful to discuss some of the techniques (formal elements, iconography, etc.) learned in class.
—-For help using the formal elements and iconography, refer to chapters 1-5 in your text book and to your in-class notes. You should also use the La Salle University Art History Writing Guide, available in the Week 5 module.
—-Your analysis should include some material from your research. Be sure to properly cite quotations within your paper. This means in-text citations and bibliographic credit.
—-Check for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and flow within the paper before turning it in.
—-Be careful when using biographical information of an artist. ONLY use information that is explicitly relevant to your thesis. For example, the artist’s parents and birth location are almost never necessary.
—-A paper copy must be uploaded to Canvas by July 3. Late papers will not be accepted.


—-At the end of your paper, you must include a complete bibliography of the sources used in your research.
—-Use MLA format. DO NOT use the Microsoft Word bibliography template. This format is not MLA and you will lose points if your sources are numbered. Bibliographies should be in alphabetical order.
—-Wikipedia MAY NOT BE USED
—-Complete bibliography, with 4-5 scholarly sources (including scholarly articles and books on your topic), will be due the same day as the paper.
—-Please visit the library. Books will be better resources than articles. If you are not in Philadelphia for the summer, please make use of a local library.


—-All papers must be typed in either Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12, double spaced with standard margins.
—-Titles of works of art should either be italicized or placed in quotations.
—-Bibliographies should be attached at the end of your paper and do not count towards the overall page count of your assignment.
—-You DO NOT need a cover page.
—-Name, paper title, date, etc. should be included in a header or footer, not in the paper.
—-If you use additional images (other than your topic), please include a printed behind the bibliography.

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