For this assignment, you will invent a Renaissance persona for yourself. You will assume the role of a patron who wishes to commission a specific work of art (a painting, sculpture, or building/structure [church, chapel, residence, study]) from a particular artist in order to fulfill specific functions. Your essay will consist of a “letter” that you as the patron write to the artist in order to: 1. introduce yourself; 2. explain exactly what it is you want the artist to make for you [what does it look like; what materials should the artist use; where is it located]; 3. how the work is supposed to function [why you have commissioned it; who has access to it; what messages it is supposed to communicate]; and 4. why you wish him/her (i.e. the particular artist you are addressing) to carry out the work [this presumes that you are familiar with his/her work, so in this section you should briefly but critically discuss some of his/her work on its own terms as well as in relation to your own project]. In addressing all of these issues, be as detailed as you possibly can. While this project entails creativity and originality on your part (and I sincerely wish that you have some fun with this!!), it also demands historical accuracy; all of your inventions must remain within the bounds of historical plausibility. A preliminary draft/outline explaining your basic ideas and the artist you wish to “hire” is due in class on Thursday October 18 (word-processed, double spaced). The goal of this assignment is to be able to mobilize and creatively activate what you have learned over the course of the semester. The assignment will be evaluated according to the competency of the writing, and to the clarity, thoughtfulness, and level of detail of your “commission.” Remember: the assignment is to demonstrate what you have learned in class. Your “letter” must be word-processed (12-point font, double spaced, regular margins, no extra spacing between paragraphs) and the minimum page requirement is 6 pages (i.e. in the shortest acceptable paper your final words will be found on page 7). Any deviations in format will negatively affect the grade.