I was wondering if you can help me get started with an introduction on my humanities paper. It goes as follows:
You are a world-renowned art historian and author with the ability to time travel to any period of history. For your new book, you travel to three periods of your choice to gain a firsthand account of the culture and arts of that time. Your book is a collection of your analyses of artworks based on your firsthand experience in those periods and cultures. While you are time traveling, you select one work of art from each period to analyze in your new book.
The art form (visual art, architecture, literature, or music)
The purpose of the piece
The individual or group responsible for paying for or commissioning the piece
How the piece was made
The meaning of the work and what it expresses or reveals about its creator
The aspects of the civilization and its cultural development that the piece represents
The transhistorical links to the artwork
How art and culture from previous civilizations influenced the piece
How the piece is related to artwork within the same civilization
How the piece still has meaning and value in modern-day cultures
One of the cultures that I chose was Chinese culture and the peice of architecture that I chose was the The Terracotta Warriors.
Time traveling Historian Assignment
* please note: you need to pick three examples
* spend some good quality time looking at high-resolution images of the pieces you choose and think about what you are seeing .
* Since its first-hand experience, don't be afraid of using personal pronouns with your observations
*What is the word count for each analysis? It seems that there is a variety of questions and observations you could ask and make. In this case, ask yourself what interests you most about the piece.
For example you listed all these aspects that you could explore. Rather than trying to answer all of these, (if you are pressed for space) than answer just a few of those questions.
GENERAL POINTS FOR AN INTRODUCTION
*In general for introductions, you want to 'hook' the reader. What was the most astounding observation that you found? Maybe you could research a quote by a famous historian such as Giorgio Vasari (the first Renaissance art historian) and use that to open your personal observations. Or you could use an observation by a traveler to that time period, with the Terra Cotta warriors for example, you might want to look at first hand writings by explorers who saw the warriors in situ (in their natural state). For example, look at the writings by Marco Polo (1234-1354) who travelled to China and throughout the Middle East and wrote an account called Il Milione. Using a quote from him ...
The expert examines a time traveling historian. The purpose a visual art, architecture, literature and music is determined.