Student’s will compare and contrast formal elements of design between two Crucifixion scenes: one from the Renaissance and one from the Modern era.
What is a formal analysis?
“The goal of a formal analysis is to explain how the formal elements of a work of art affect the representation of the subject matter and expressive content. The emphasis should be on analyzing the formal elements — not interpreting the artwork. That said, an understanding of the meaning of
the work is the final goal of any formal analysis.” (Pokinski, Deborah. “Writing a Formal Analysis in Art History.” Hamilton.edu, www.hamilton.edu/documents/formal%20analysis%20Art%20History.pdf.)
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