How to Cite Classical Art in APA

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The APA format has very specific rules when it comes to how you should attribute sources in your work. Cite classical art in APA style with help from an educator with experience in both reading and writing in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher, and today I'll be discussing with your how to properly cite classical art in APA format. Now, classical art isn't much different from citing a book title. It's just that the author changes from author to the artist's name. So, when you're doing the artist's name, make sure that you follow the same format where their last name comes first, put a comma, the title their; I'm sorry, the first initial of their first name followed by a period. Make sure that you have that period right after the name. The second thing you want to include is the year that the art was created or distributed. A lot of times with classic if it's 1490 and it's kind of a rough one, you just give that rough date that everyone has come to accept; whether it was the time that the person made it or not. But, do the one that's most widely accepted as when it is, when the art came out. The third thing you want to include is the title of the art piece. Now, if it is a long title, if it is The Last Supper, you know, make sure to capitalize the first T but last and supper you keep lowercase. Put that period right after it and make sure that the entire thing is in italics. The fourth thing you want to include is the format of the art piece. So, if it's a painting, make sure to write in brackets that it is a painting, close the brackets, put a period. If it's a sculpture, sculpture or what, oil on canvas, make sure that you put that period right after. The final thing and this is becoming, this is a newer thing that I've been seeing in a lot of APAs citations is where you retrieve the image of the piece. Now, unless you went to Italy or to the particular museum, they want you to at least include where you retrieve that image. So, if it was from some museum's website, put the website there, But, at the very end, don't include a period. That's one of the interesting things about this particular citation. It does not need a period after the retrieval website. Once again, that was how to properly cite classical art in APA format and my name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster.


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