Analytical Art Essay



1. What are analytical art essays?

An analytical art essay assignment requires a deep understanding of one or more pieces of artwork. This assignment asks the writer to:

· Identify a question or issue related to one or more pieces of art

· Critically examine and describe the art

· Apply theories and scholars’ ideas to the art

· Understand relationships between these pieces of information

· Combine this information from many sources to use as evidence to support your claims

· Reach a final conclusion regarding the question or issue

Art analysis requires more than a description of a piece of art. Rather, it aims to uncover the why and/or how of the piece of art. When writing an analytical art essay, you may need to do the following:

  • Discuss : Present different aspects of the question or issue; discuss theories and experts’ opinions about the art

  • Compare and contrast : Examine the characteristics of art to demonstrate similarities and differences; examine how theories and views of the art are similar or different

  • Analyze : Consider the various components of the artwork and explain their relationships; consider how different theories and ideas relate to your question or issue

  • Evaluate : Examine the different sides of a question or issue to reach a final conclusion.

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