To write an essay introduction, first start with a relevant anecdote, fun fact, or quote that will entice people to keep reading. Follow your opening with 2-3 sentences containing background information or facts that give your essay context, like important dates, locations, or historical moments. Then, introduce your thesis statement. Make sure your thesis statement is specific and provable and that it answers a question about your essay topic. For more advice from our reviewer, like how to come up with a good hook for your first sentence, read on!
Be sure to use the appropriate terminology and skills from the course readings and specific to the discipline of art history. For example, in introductory art history courses, students are required in their exam essays typically to compare and contrast different works demonstrating not only their learned skills of formal visual analysis, but also their ability to place works and monuments in a historical context. This means comparing works not only in terms of the differences in their formal elements, but also in terms of the socio-political, theological, regional or cultural reasons behind those differences.
Introduction - Writing About Art