Follow these instructions to write a successful Comparison/Contrast Essay.
1. Select one set of artworks from below. Use Google to locate the image for you to study. You may need to search several sites until you find the best reproduction of the image so you can thoroughly analyze the artwork.
*Leonardo da Vinci, The Madonna of the Rocks; AND Rogier Van der Weyden, Deposition.
*Vincent Van Gogh, Paul-Ferdinand Gachet ; AND Hyacinth Rigaud, Portrait of Louis XIV of France
*Kehinde Wiley, Judith and Holofernes; AND Romare Bearden, The Lantern.
*Walker Evans, Couple at Coney Island; AND Lionel Feininger, The Green Bridge II.
*August Rodin, The Kiss; AND Nancy Graves, Apropos Anthropos
*The Unicorn is in Captivity and No Longer Dead; AND Faith Ringgold, Groovin High.

2. Record all of the website information (url, etc.) in APA format for the site where you found the image. You will need this for your completed essay. The citation is placed at the end of the essay.
 Artist Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Title of the artwork [Format] . 
            Retrieved from URL (address of web site) 

So, for the Claude Monet painting, Woman with a Parasol, found on the National Gallery of Art website, you would create the source citation as follows: 

Monet, C. (1875). Woman with a Parasol [painting]. Retrieved from

3. Record the credit line information about the artwork. You will need this for your completed essay. The credit line is placed near the beginning of the essay. Use this format:
Artwork Title.  (Year) by Artist’s name;  Size; Media; Ownership.
Woman with a Parasol. (1875) by Claude Monet; 39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in.; oil painting on canvas; National Gallery of Art, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Melton.
4. Print out two copies of the Formal Analysis Checklist. While you look at the artwork, go through the checklist and take notes about what you see. Provide lots of details.
5. Use your notes to write your paper. Note – your paper should not include the following: the biography of the artist, the history of the artwork, museum critiques of the artwork. You are only writing about what you see. Biographies, etc. will not count toward the two required pages.
6. Compose your paper by spending a minimum of one page formal analysis on each artwork. Then spend a minimum of one-half page discussing the similarities and a minimum of one-half page discussing the differences.
6. Be sure that your paper corresponds to the required format example found in the Resources below. Your analysis should be a minimum 3 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman. The essay should be saved as a WORD file (file name ends with .doc or .docx). These are also acceptable formats: .pdf, rtf. Note – If you send an unreadable file format, the late work policy will apply. The minimum two pages is not including the title and intro information or the references. There should be a minimum of two pages of the actual description and analysis.
7. Your essay file should be named as follows: LastnameCompareContrast.doc. Example: a student named Mary Smith would name her formal analysis SmithCompareContrast.doc.
8. Upload your essay file as an attachment to the Essay Submission Journal in the left hand menu. Do not email the assignment. Feedback and grade will be provided in the Essay Submssion Journal.
9. The Essay is worth 200 points. There is a 5 point late penalty per day late.