There are many students who enrol themselves in a post-graduate or doctoral course in the arts. During the course of the program, they have to prepare a thesis on a topic. Naturally, the question arises as to what topic the thesis should be on. There are times when the college itself will provide different topics in which the student can develop their thesis. But on other occasions, the students are required to select the topic themselves. The subject matter of the topic invariably depends on the type of art that the student is studying. For instance, if the students are studying Greek art then their thesis would be on a topic related to the arts of that country. If the student was enrolled in a course on the Italian Renaissance then that is what the research would have to focus on. If the course discussed American painters then, the students would have to focus their research on that topic.
Students who study the artistic traditions of Italy find that the nation isblessed with some of the greatest painters and sculptors that history has known. The land has also been the trendsetter as far as many of the artistic styles we follow today are concerned. Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel is considered to be among the finest works of art ever. Names like Botticelli, Caravaggio and Raphael roll off the tongue rather quickly. Students who research the artists of this land will discover wonders that they could never have imagined. Yes, ample research has been done on this subject already, but there is still scope for so much more. In topics like this, it is essential that the literature review is carried out well. Since so much has been written on the subject already, it is vital that the students do not inadvertently plagiarize someone else’s work.