You will need to narrow or broaden your research question to make sure you have enough supporting information to write an essay that fits with the requirements. Make sure you understand the assignment's guidelines and talk to your professor if you are unsure! Limit your research question by adding more context to it and visually analyzing the work(s). Ask yourself the following questions to help gather context and limit the scope of your research:
Below is an example of applying these strategies to the topic of religion in medieval art and narrowing it down to something more manageable:
Now: How do the Unicorn Tapestries reflect the entanglement of Christian and pagan beliefs in Gothic art?
Once you start testing your research question, you might find that you narrowed it down too much. If that’s the case, you can use opposite strategies or remove one component to broaden it.
Example of broadening the research question above:
Which elements of the Gothic art style reflected the entanglement of Christian and pagan beliefs? (Removed: art piece)
Let your research question evolve naturally as you research.