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paper description is in the additional materials :Mia paper, word files
here is the instructor description of the paper :
You need to figure out what you will argue in your paper (what your thesis will be). When you look at the two images you chose to write about, think about what’s similar between them. Why did you pick those two to write about Often they might have a similar subject matter. Your thesis would then establish that similarity, as well as differences between them, placing them in their different historical/social/political contexts.

For instance, if you were to compare two portraits of Queens, your thesis might be something like: “Artist A and artist B both created portraits of Queens. As we examine them we can see that artist A used a naturalistic idealized style to depict the Queen, while artist B used a more abstract style to depict the Queen. In this paper I will establish how Artist A’s depiction reflects her people’s belief in her as a just ruler, while artist B’s reflects the tumultuous political situation during that Queen’s rule.”

So in this hypothetical example, I would expect the paper to then write about Artwork A. In the discussion of artwork A, you would establish that the artist used a naturalistic style. You would describe the painting and show your reader how it is naturalistic (it uses varied lines to show the texture of her hair, etc). You would provide some historical evidence that the Queen was loved by her people. You could discuss how the artwork came to be. Did the Queen commission it

Then you would discuss artwork B. As you discuss artwork B you would refer back to what you said about artwork A. You might say something like, “Unlike the depiction of the Queen in artwork A, in artwork B we see the Queen depicted in an ugly way. This is perhaps because the country was in the middle of the revolution at this time and people disliked her.” You would again use visual description and historical evidence (from scholarly sources like a journal article, exhibition catalog, or book) to support your interpretation.

In your conclusion you would highlight your main points again to support your thesis.

I hope this hypothetical example is helpful. So to recap:
-Figure out why you’re comparing the two works you chose. What theme or subject matter do they have in common
-What’s the main difference between them Why is that
-These two elements will help you write your thesis and direct what your paper will be about. You want to prove to your reader that your interpretation of these two works is accurate.
-In the next section of your paper discuss your first artwork and prove that part of your thesis. Support your thesis by describing the artwork as well as discussing its historical/political/social context.
-In the next section discuss the second artwork and again tie it back to your thesis. Again support your discuss with visual evidence (describing what you see in the painting and interpreting it) and historical evidence (from your scholarly sources).
-In your conclusion rephrase your thesis, and restate your most important points.

Information of the artwork:

Raja Bikram Collecting the Clothes of the Bathing Fairies:

Raja Bikram Collecting the Clothes of the Bathing Fairies, ca. 1710, artist: Mulla Nusrati
The Gulshan-i-Ishq is a romance written in Deccani Urdu by the Bijapur court poet Mian Nusrati for Sultan Ali Adil Shah II in 1657. The work, incorporating words in Persian, Arabic, and Marathi, recounts the love story of a Hindu prince, Manohara, and embodies themes typical of the Indian romantic tradition. The remarkable diversity of language and culture apparent in the book derives in part from the thriving sea trade that existed between the Deccan and the Turkish, Persian, and Arab populations. Such a large and artistically exquisite manuscript probably was made for a wealthy Urdu-speaking nobleman of the Mughal-controlled Deccan.

The scene shows Raja Bikram seated beneath a tree and holding a large bundle of clothes. Seven fairies frolicking in a fountain gesture to him before they assist him on his way to Kanakgir. This work is an excellent example of the technical refinement that typifies much Deccani painting.

Portrait of Shah Jahan

Portrait of Shah Jahan, 1700-1720
Unknown artist, India
This posthumous portrait of the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan (r. 1628-58) probably would have been kept in an album, along with other illustrations of nobility wearing their finest silks. Foreign visitors collected these albums as souvenirs and exchanged portraits as symbols of political alliances.

Short Paper: Analysis of Two Works
This assignment requires a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Due Date: Due Monday Dec 5 at 11:00am via Moodle.
You need to provide some form of documentation that you visited Mia such as a selfie.

The short paper, five pages in length, is based on artworks from the collection of the Minneapolis
Institute of Arts. I have selected six works from the galleries (uploaded to Moodle in a folder labeled
Short Paper Images) that are related to the readings and discussions in the lecture and sections.
Your paper should carefully analyze two artworks from the selected six to make a larger
argument. For instance, you could choose two works that allows you to discuss changing notions
of gender and the body. Or you might select two works that allows you to discuss the politics of
changing styles and techniques. While you are welcome to address questions that are of interest to
you, you should select the works carefully so that the material is amenable to your questions.
Begin the paper with a close and detailed visual analysis of the two works, paying close attention
to stylistic and thematic differences. How might we account for the differences When discussing the
works, be as specific as possible. Mention the approximate date, the context (place of production,
use), and patron and/or artist (if known). However, do not merely describe the artworks. That is, do
not lose focus of your thesis as you discuss the works. You should substantiate your arguments by
bringing into focus the socio-political and historical contexts in which these works were produced.
The paper should use the two examples to make an argument.
We will discuss strategies of research and writing art history papers in the sections.
-Please write your name on the top of your paper!
-5 pages
-Use standard font (Times New Roman/Calibri); 1 in. margins; double-spaced
-Chicago style formatting (footnotes and a bibliography at the end of your paper)
-You are required to cite 3-5 scholarly sources in your paper
-After the text of your paper, please include images of the works you are discussing, properly
captioned. (Do not embed images in the body of your text; they do not count towards your 5 pages)
-Be sure to include documentation of your visit. This could be a photo of you at the museum.
Include your photo on the last page of your document.
If you need assistance, don t be shy about contacting:
-the writing center on campus (
-David Faust, the librarian for South Asia
-Your TA during her office hours or make an appointment
Also conduct the writing folder on Moodle for examples of art history writing and a visual analysis
note-taking handout.


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