Did its circulation affect its social function?
Once you have browsed the websites, choose two objects from the collection and complete an analysis of the artifacts using the guideline below. Readings in this module and the presentation will also assist you in completing this task. You can select any object of your interest, but try to identify some type of connection between them. Also, make sure you have enough information to complete a thorough analysis of both objects/artworks.
Production: Who produced the object? Who made it? Where, when, why? Is it signed? If not, can it be attributed? What kind of object is it? And what is noteworthy about it?
Objecthood: The formal and aesthetic qualities of the object. What is it? What is it made of? What is it size? Describe its visual components and physical appearance. Does it belong to a specific cultural or artistic movement?
The audience: Consumption / Audience: If it is not a public image or object, who owned it? How did they acquire it? Where was it used and/or displayed? What was its function? Who was the intended audience? A patron, a consumer? Was it a static or mobile object?
How it circulates: If the object was a mobile object, how did it circulate? Did its circulation affect its social function?
Afterlife: Where is the object now? How is it presented or displayed? What condition is it in? What is it worth to whom?
*While your response should cover the above questions, please refrain from using bullet points. Instead, build your answer by writing well-developed paragraphs.
2. Once you have finished the visual analysis of the objects, choose one additional object or artwork from the museum collection. Think of at least two questions you can formulate about the three objects you selected. These questions can be broad and simple, but they should be compelling and aim to shed light on the historical and sociocultural context of the objects. The goal is that you observe the objects and reflect on their function and find ways of comparing them through your questions. (You do not need to respond to these questions). For a set of sample questions, check this website. (Links to an external site.)Additional sample questions can be viewed here.
Object 1: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/248904
Object 2: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/252454
Object 3: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/252453