3) Is Seeing Believing? In “Perspective as Symbolic Form,” Irwin Panofsky describes how the mechanics of one-point perspective create a window on the world of the painting. Choose a work of art that demonstrates linear perspective, and analyze that work using the terms laid out in Panofsky’s essay. Using each of the five terms he deploys to explain perspective (vanishing point, horizon line, orthogonals, transversals, screen), describe the artwork in terms that explain the visual mechanics of the image, as well as what Panofsky means by a “symbolic form” or way of looking at the world. What does he mean when he describes perspective as a form of abstraction, as not being really ‘real’? Include a discussion of the subject matter of the artwork and how this subject matter relates to the artwork’s historical context.
Format: 1300 – 1500 words, double spaced, 12 point type, citations in end note form (these do not count toward length and must be in MLA or UChicago form). Images should also be attached at the end (these also do not count toward length).
Using sources that your TA has approved at the Proposal stage, build on and develop the perspective on the object at hand using your research. Try to stay close to the thesis statement (double check every paragraph to be sure it is consistent with the thesis statement objective). Try reading just the topic sentences of the paragraphs (the first sentence should set up the subject matter of each paragraph). Be sure these give you a schematic overview of the paper.
Tips: Try to think of the experience of the reader. Consider having a friend, family member, or classmate read the paper and ask them to circle what is awkward, unclear, repetitive, or seems to depart too far from your thesis statement. Try reading the paper out loud to see what your ear catches as awkward or wordy. Try to find the pleasure in descriptive writing as something that can evoke the vitality of these objects.
RESEARCH PAPER GRADING RUBRIC
300 Points Total
1. The introductory paragraph has an opening line that invites the reader to continue reading. May take any form, but is not likely to work if it just names the work and its dates! 20 points
2. Introductory paragraph introduces the fundamentals of the project. 20 points
3. The thesis statement is clear. It states an opinion about the object/s. 20 points.
4. A sequence of three to five paragraphs that tie back to the thesis statement in a way builds up to an argument. These should contain historic information that addresses the context and audience for the object. This is where you use the research citations named above. 50 points
5. Every paragraph has a topic sentence that indicates the subject matter of that paragraph. If you string these together, you should have a basic outline. 50 points.
6. A concluding paragraph that restates the thesis/opinion in terms that show you have proven your point. If possible, in the conclusion you may indicate where the argument would go if the paper were longer or how you would improve the paper if you had a semester to expand it. 50 points
7. Catchy title: Should give general sense of the topic. Can be serious, humorous, literary, descriptive. 20 points
8. Grammar/Spelling: 50 points (minus two points per grammatical or spelling error). Hint: Run a grammar check. Run a spell check. Proofreading is essential to good writing.
9. RESEARCH RULES: Using the sources that your TA has approved, build on and develop the perspective on the object at hand using your research. Quotes should not exceed two lines, so only use the part of a text that supports or complicates your argument. If you are tempted to use a quotation for a listing of data, don’t! Reword the data and be sure to cite the source of the data (so you don’t get in trouble for plagiarizing someone’s hard work assembling it). You must cite all quotes and paraphrasing. For citation format, follow the MLA or Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.: 20 points
(300 points total)
The sources should be either an academic press book — books published by “University of xx” or available through JSTOR. If the nature of the source important for your thesis statement (meaning you are writing on popular perceptions), you may cite a popular source (newspaper, magazine, website, television, etc,) , provided you can bring a critical perspective to the source material (meaning you are using it as a primary source rather than secondary source). Each source should be followed by one sentence that characterizes the point of view offered in the article, book, or source, as in “This article offers a feminist perspective of Michelangelo’s David,” or “This book argues that Christopher Columbus did not ‘discover’ America.”
the file i shared is the paper proposal for this research paper. i did not do very well and got a 60/100 here are the comments that i got back from that paper.
“I like where you are going with the paper. Especially in the last part, you describe perspective quite well and I’m interested in what you are going to say about abstraction.
I’ve tried to include more in-depth feedback on specific parts in the comments. So please review them.
The two big issues with your writing are the need for proof reading. And that you pulled a paragraph, verbatim, from another student’s paper. That is plagiarism and could basically be grounds for failing the assignment. At this point, though, I think it would be best to just remove it from your final paper and move on.
If you are struggling with ideas on how to describe what perspective does, and how this painting works, there are tons of resources. The Last Supper has been widely written about and you can find many things written about it to cite and use. I recommend going on Jstor, which you can find through the school’s library website. You also need to find more sources anyway.
It is difficult to follow what you are describing in some parts. It is OK to take time to clearly lay out your ideas and explanations for the terms. I’d suggest doing an online appointment with the writing center. And you’ll get extra credit for it! (Just have them send me an email after your appointment).
Catchy Title 10/10
Engaging opening statement: 10/10
General paragraph: 10/10
Thesis statement: 20/20
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