How does the position of the body and style of this figure (drapery/loincloth) relate to the images of the Crucifixion particularly 8-16, 11-16 and 11-29?
In addition to the suggestions for writing given below you might want to consider how the image of the crucified Christ might have affected the medieval believer. Make sure to explain how the image makes you feel and why.
Suggestions for writing the paper:
Make sure that you cover the style of the figure and drapery, material the piece is made from, technique, condition, and subject/iconography. You might wish to begin with a precise physical description, starting with general observations, before moving on to details. Your description might include topics such as the condition of the piece, pigments and any damage to the work. You might also describe the proportions, positions and drapery folds and patterns of the figure(s). If you have questions about any of this see your teaching fellow.
Use the knowledge you have acquired this term. Does your image/object have a message or symbolic meaning? Is it a successful representation of divinity? (Why or why not)?
Please include a section on your reaction to the image. You are free, indeed encouraged, to use the word “I” when writing on your response to the piece. How does the style (drapery folds, construction of the body, proportions, position, colors…) of the work affect to your response? Do you feel disturbed by the image? Do you identify with something in it or does it seem too otherworldly? Does it make you feel contemplative? Does it move you? Do you feel empathy? Does it leave you cold?
This is not a research assignment but you are encouraged to make reference to the textbook and the wall plaques in the museum. Please footnote or endnote the textbook and wall plaques if you consult or quote them. Dint furgit too pruf red.
The paper should be submitted to your teaching assistant at the beginning of class on
Late papers are not normally accepted in this course, but if you run into serious difficulty consult your section head and then me.
Your grade will be based on content and writing style. Papers will be returned in section meetings a week after you hand it in. Illustrations are always encourage, drawings or photographs.