Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AHST 1303 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Survey of Western Art History: Ancient to Medieval

Description of Course:

Course Description: This course is an introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West from prehistory through the Middle Ages, including the achievements of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. Art monuments will be studied within their historical, religious, and social contexts, with particular focus on the development of style.

Class format: Slide-illustrated lectures presented by Dr. Goode
Class discussion of readings and images

Objectives: The goal of this course is to inspire an appreciation and to communicate an understanding of the artistic contributions of the ancient and medieval civilizations. Students will learn: to identify the major works of art produced by the ancient and medieval civilizations; to discuss the art historical significance of these works; and to define the dominant artistic characteristics of each period. The museum paper provides students with the opportunity to experience artworks firsthand, and to analyze and critically respond to them based on a synthesis of information learned in the course. In-class team projects will focus on the relevance of the art and architecture of the past to today.

Required Texts:

Required Textbook: Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, vol. 1, 14th ed., 2014.

Recommended Textbook: Bruce Cole, The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art, 1999.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assigned reading

Three exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, brief essay, short answer

Museum assignment: a brief paper (c. 6 pages) comparing and contrasting two Greek works at the Dallas Museum of Art; thorough guidelines will be provided

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