Comparison Essay
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This writing assignment is designed to help you learn different ways to write and think about art.
For this assignment you will write a minimum 4-5 page comparison of two artworks.
You may choose one of the following pairs for this exercise:
1. a. Andrey Rublyov, Three Angels Visiting Abraham (Old Testament Trinity), c. 1410-1425
(7-26), p. 182.
b. Masaccio, Trinity with the Virgin, St. John the Evangelist, and Donors, c. 1425-28 (12-23),
p. 315.
2. a. Equestrian Portrait of Charles the Bald, 9th century (10-6), p. 239.
b. Donatello, Equestrian Monument of Erasmo da Narni (Gattamelata), 1443-1453 (12-19),
p. 312.
3. a. Virgin and Child, Late 12th century (10-31), p. 258.
b. Virgin and Child, c. 1324-1339 (11-15), p. 276.
4. a. Giorgione, The Tempest, c. 1506 (13-16), p. 341.
b. Giorgione or Titian, Pastoral Concert, c. 1510 (13-17), p. 342.

The paper must be 4-5 typed, double-spaced pages of your writing with the course name, your
name, and student number on the first page along with a title. You do not need a separate title
page for this assignment but if you use one this does not count towards the page length of this
assignment. The length requirement is 4-5 written pages excluding title page and bibliography/
works cited. You might find it helpful to take a look on SAKAI>Resources>Written
Assignment>Further Reading on Writing a Comparison. Links to websites with helpful
information are posted there. If you have access to one of the optional resources for this course
read Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art: “Writing a Comparison.”


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