How to Write Art History Essays

Art History essays are not radically different from other sorts of essays you may have written before, but they do have some specific concerns.  I would suggest any of the writing guides on the Texts page, but this section contains the Art History Rules for Essay Writing, and they should help.

The Three Pillars of Art History

These three forms of analysis form the basis for most Art Historical writing.

  1. Bullet  Visual Analysis

  2. Bullet  Contextual Analysis

  3. Bullet  Theoretical Analysis


Essay Writing Basics

  1. Bullet  Structure

  2. Bullet  Citation formats

  3. Bullet  Plagiarism

  4. Bullet  A note on internet sources

  5. Bullet  Evaluate your essay

  6. Bullet  Formatting example page