This project was created by A.L. McMichael's Medieval Art (HA 210) class at Michigan State University. It was facilitated by The Lab for the Advancement of Digital Research (LEADR), with graduate assistant Autumn Painter and additional support by Jennifer Andrella. Students learned to synthesize descriptive writing with comparative research by examining a group of images in conversation with one another.
Each student curated a digital exhibit by choosing a broad theme or topic. The four Object Description Essays in each exhibit demonstrate students' use of visual analysis in art history. The Curatorial Essay in each exhibit demonstrates the class learning goal of making comparisons—across time periods, geography and cultures, among various media and materials, or of an iconographic theme—demonstrating original research that considers social and historical context.