The formal analysis paper uses form, content, iconography, style and context to

The formal analysis paper uses form, content, iconography, style and context to describe and analyze an artwork. Form describes all of the physical attributes of an artwork including the work’s size and medium, the techniques the artist has employed and the visual composition and design implemented. Content refers to the narrative aspects of the work, such as the message or story a work contains. Iconography involves the identification and descriiption of the symbols in an artwork. Style describes the sum of identifiable traits and aspects in an artwork such as choice of subject matter, brushwork or use of color. Context explores the web of relationships that connect a work to the surrounding culture. All of these aspects of an artwork typically complement each other in communicating the artist’s intent.
Introductory paragraph: Introduce the work. What is the title and whom is the artist? What medium? Develop a strong thesis statement which reflects the main points of the paper.
Descriiption: Briefly describe the work. Assume the reader has not seen the piece.
Body: In the main body of the essay develop your researched ideas and analyze the work. Support your thesis. Elaborate.
Conclusion:Finally, end the essay by reinforcing the main arguments of the thesis.

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