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Art History II Research Paper Topics


Art History II Topics for Research Paper

Choose one of the topics below and write a 6-8 page paper exploring the issue.  Papers should be well-researched and presented in MLA format.

A complete bibliography and works-cited page should be included.  Expect to use at least two or three sources for direct citation. 


Choose three artists (from different art periods) that dealt with social issues in their work (poverty, human rights, war, etc.).  Discuss how their work fit into their respective periods and how they reflected, or challenged, the social conventions of their era

Choose 5 artists (from the Renaissance to Postmodernism) that include images of the human figure in their work.  Discuss how their visual interpretations comment on the views of humanity and the body within their respective periods.

Discuss the development and rise of Cubism in the early 20th century.  What were the influences and predecessors to the style?  Who were the major artists that contributed to its development?  How did the style alter perceptions about art and the artist?

Discuss the development and importance of photography in art history.  How was it incorporated into society?  What impact did it have on the art of the mid to late- 19th century?

Research and discuss the impact of Nazi Germany to the arts of Europe in the 20th century.  Be sure to include an analysis of the Degenerate Art exhibition.

Discuss Alan Moore’s Watchmen or Art Spiegelman’s Maus as examples of Postmodernist art.  What were the influences on either of the works? How did they reflect (or influence) the development of Postmodern theories of art.