Artist Research Report

Select an artist from those listed here:

Sofonisba Anguissola
Lavinia Fontana
Fede Galizia
Caterina van Hemessen
Jan van Eyck
Robert Campin
Rogier van der Weyden
Hieronymus Bosch
Matthias Grunewald
Artemisia Gentileschi
Claude Lorrain
Peter Paul Rubens
Anthony Van Dyck
Rembrandt van Rijn
Jan Vermeer
William Hogarth
Joshua Reynolds
Thomas Gainsborough
Angelica Kauffmann
Jacques-Louis David
Winslow Homer
Rosa Bonheur
Louise Moillon
Clara Peeters
Maria van Oosterwyck
Rosalba Carriera
Francoise Duparc
Leonardo daVinci
Jean-Antoine Watteau
John Constable
Adelaide Labille-Guiard
Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun
Eugene Delacroix
Sarah Miriam Peale
Marie-Eleonore Godefroid
Mary of Burgundy Painter
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Anne Vallayer-Coster
Sophie Anderson
Emily Mary Osborn
Lady Elizabeth Butler
Susan Macdowell Eakins
Fra Angelico
Sandro Botticelli
El Greco
Hyacinthe Rigaud
Nicolas Poussin
Diego Velasquez
Frans Hals
Judith Leyster
Rachel Ruysch
Marie Bashkirtseff
Hans Holbein
Francisco Goya
Gustave Courbet

You will write a report on a painting by the artist you selected (not a drawing).

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You must  reference at least 2 books and 2 databases when you write this report.  You must bring the 2 books you used for your report to class on the day the report is due (this means you have to check them out from the library).  If you need help in the library, just ask!  They are super nice, and want to help you out!


– Remember to always mark the titles of artworks with “quotes” or italics.
– Remember to refer to artists by their last names after your first reference to them by full name. (We don’t call William Shakespeare “William” – we call him “Shakespeare”)
– Always check your paper against these 11 writing tips for college writers.

Your report must cover:

  1. Title, date, media and dimensions of the work you are discussing. Remember to always mark the titles of works in italics or with quotes.
  2. You must include an IMAGE of the work.
  3. Discuss the subject/form/content of the work.
    Subject = The objects depicted in the work of art
    Form = HOW are the objects are depicted
    Content = the impact/meaning (the form of the subject gives us content)
  4. Discuss the formal elements/principles used in the work
    Elements = line, shape, value, color, proportion/scale, texture
    Principles = balance, repetition/rhthym, proximity, contrast, focus/emphasis, unity/harmony, movement/direction, depth
  5. Discuss the context.
    artist’s bio, the time/place it was made, is the work part of a larger narrative?, is it part of an architectural setting that may or may not be present?, where was the work originally intended to be shown?, etc.

Form of the report:
– size 12 Times New Roman font, double spaced, minimum of 500 words
– put your name at the top of your report
– at the end of your report, create a works cited for the books/databases you used
– Submit the report on Blackboard as a Microsoft Word document.

Databases to check out:
– ArtStor
– Biography in Context
– Films on Demand
– Britannica
– Credo Reference
– Issues & Controversies
– JStor
– Oxford Art Online
– Pop Culture Universe
– Project Muse

[To access the library’s databases, log onto any on-campus computer, then go to the library homepage.  They have a link to databases on their homepage – this will take you to a big list that includes the ones I have listed here]

 GRADING  points
 at least 500 words  1
 Works Cited  4
 Name/Label at the top  1
 formatting (font/spacing)  1
 discuss context  5
 discuss elements/principles  4
 discuss subject/form/content  3
 Title, date, media and dimensions  1