Introduction to Art History
Pre-Classical, Ancient, Early Christian and Medieval Art
Text: M. Stokestad, Art History, volume I.
Students are advised to read text ahead of the lectures. Note that the organization of the lectures is different from that of the text.
After class the slides which have been used in lecture will be exhibited in a slide case located in the hallway across from the Art Office. You should plan to visit the slide case for about 15 minutes after each lecture. Your study time at the slide case is the major homework assignment.
For examinations you should be prepared to identify the works as follows: Paintings (including mosaics, vase painting): name of artist (if known), title or subject, city or country of origin, period or style as relevant. Architecture and sculpture: artist (if known), subject, period or style, original location (if appropriate). In addition you should be prepared to demonstrate in brief form an understanding of the issues implicit in the art shown. The works should be weighed against the values of the culture that produced them and, where appropriate, be discussed as vehicles of power, class, ethnicity, gender, etc.
Examinations will take the form of identification of works of art and a brief explanatory essay for each. The final examination will consist of the above and also include a longer essay. In-class assignments may be given, as well as short unannounced quizzes.
A number of study sections are offered. These permit you to participate more freely in discussion in small groups, to review material in a relaxed atmosphere. Their purpose is to support your study needs. The sections may be taken for a unit's credit on a credit/no credit basis, or may be taken without credit. Regular participation in a study section is highly recommended.
Regular attendance in the lecture class is required. Role will be taken. Unexcused absences may affect your grade.
Examinations: Quizzes as given, Two midterms and a final.
Grading method: to be discussed in class.
Instructor: Susan McKillop. Office: Art Department room 103. Hours M 5-6; T 3-5
The initial reading assignment: Introduction and Chapter 1, Prehistory and Prehistoric Art in Europe
Primitive and civilized cultures: Predynastic 4000-3150 BC,
Early Dynastic: 3150-2700 BC Dynasty I
Old Kingdom: 2700-2190 BC Dynasties III, IV, V-VI
Great Pyramids at Giza
Middle Kingdom: 2040-2674 BC Dynasties XI and XII
New Kingdom: 1552-1674 BC Dynasties XVIII-XX
Reading: Chapter 3, Art of Ancient Egypt
ART OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
The fertile crescent
Development of the city-state
Development of Near-Eastern Kingship
Sumerian: 3500-2340 BC
Death Pit at Ur
Akkadian: 2340-2180 BC
Neo-Sumerian and Old Babylonian
Assyian and Late Assyrian: c. 1350-100 BC; 1000-612 BC
Ashurnasirpal - Nimrud
Sargon II - Khorsabad
Ashurnasirpal - Nineveh
Neo-Babylonian: 612-539 BC
The Hanging Gardens at Babylon
Achaemenid Persian: 550-331BC
Reading: Chapter 2, Art of the Ancient Near East
Cycladic: 3000-1600 BC
Minoan Civilization on Crete: 3000-1400 BC
Palace at Knossos
Heinrich Schliemann and the discovery of Troy, 1870 AD
Tiryns, 1400-1200 BC
Mycenae, 1600-1200 BC
Reading: Chapter 3, Aegean Art
"Doric migrations": c. 1100-900 BC
Greek concepts of space; the human body; proportion
Geometric period: c. 1000-c. 700 BC
Orientalizing period: c. 700-600 BC
Archaic period: 600-480 BC
Black-figured technique of vase-painting
Persian wars 500-480 BC
Classical Period: 480-323 BC
Age of Pericles
The Acropolis, Athens
Red-figured technique of vase painting (beg. c. 530 BC)
Hellenistic Period: 323 BC-27 BC
Death of Alexander the Great 323 BC
Greece becomes a Roman province: 146 BC
Roman conquest: 27 BC
Reading: Chapter 5, Art of Ancient Greece
ETRUSCAN AND ROMAN ART
Etruscan Civilization: 800-510 BC
Republican period: 510-44 BC
Civil architecture and engineering
Susan McKillop Oct 1998