Art and patronage in the Italian Renaissance

Length: eight double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins and 12-point font. The first line of each paragraph should be indented a half-inch. Do not skip an extra line between paragraphs. Using terms and concepts from lectures and readings, discuss a work of art, an artist, or a patron in terms of patronage and its relationship to the work of art. If you write about an artist or patron, do not discuss more than three works of art. It is important to consider issues such as political and cultural contexts, competition between patrons and between artists, religious issues, intended viewers, and public versus private locations. This is a formal writing assignment: it must have an introduction that states your thesis, development of your argument, and a conclusion. Please spell-check and proofread to catch careless errors. You are required to use at least three sources in your research. At least one should be a book (other than your textbooks) and at least one should be a journal article. Wikipedia and websites ending in .com are not acceptable academic resources.

This paper must be written in your own words with your own observations. You must indicate your sources with footnotes and a bibliography of works cited (as described on the next page). Other people’s words must be in quotation marks with a footnote indicating where the quote comes from, otherwise it is plagiarism. Even if you do not quote someone word-for-word, it is also plagiarism if you summarize someone’s ideas without citing his or her work with a footnote. GENERAL GUIDELINES • Quotes should be shorter than four lines. • The first time you refer to a work of art, provide the date. • Do not begin the introduction with general statements such as, “Throughout history, patronage was important.” • Do not call a work of art a “piece” unless you are writing about something broken into pieces. • Formal writing should avoid personalization (such as “I think…”, “it seems to me…”, etc.) • Do not use abbreviations in formal writing (it’s, isn’t, don’t, aren’t, couldn’t, etc.). • Write out numbers between one and one hundred. • A century is hyphenated when it is an adjective (“fifteenth-century sculpture was revolutionary”) but not when it is a noun (“the fifteenth century was revolutionary”) • Punctuation goes inside quotation marks; footnotes go after punctuation and quotation marks. FOOTNOTES & BIBLIOGRAPHY These guidelines for the Humanities are from the Chicago Manual of Style. Please consult it or a comparable writing guide for more details on the “Chicago style” or “Chicago format” which is the required citation format. Your sources must be listed as footnotes at the bottom of the page/end of the document and in a bibliography. The footnote goes after punctuation and quotation marks. As in this example, footnotes are marked by small, raised number at the end of the sentence, with the actual reference at the bottom of the page.1 Footnotes are numbered sequentially through the paper, even if you cite the same source more than once; they never repeat or start over on every page. Titles of books or magazines are in italics. Titles of articles or chapters are in “quotes.” Pay close attention to punctuation and abbreviations (for instance, pp. = pages and p. = page).

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