Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AHST 1304 Section 003
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Survey of Western Art History: Renaissance to Modern

Description of Course:

Course Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This course is an introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West from the Renaissance to the modern period, including works by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, the Impressionists, van Gogh, Picasso, and many other artists. Art monuments will be studied within their historical, religious, and social contexts, with particular focus on the development of iconography and style.

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

Course Objectives: The goal of this course is to inspire an appreciation for--and communicate an understanding of--the major works of art produced in the West from the Renaissance through the modern period.

Students will learn: to identify the major works of art produced in the West from the Renaissance through the modern period; to discuss the art historical significance of these works; to define the dominant artistic characteristics of each period or movement; and to identify the styles of individual artists. 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 focus on the relevance of the art and architecture of the past to today.

Required Texts:

Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner's Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, vol. 2, 14th ed., 2014.

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

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments: Assigned reading.

Three exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, brief essays explaining the significance of the artworks, short answer questions, and extra credit.

A stylistic analysis of a painting at either the Dallas Museum of Art or the Kimbell Museum. The paper will be approximately 6 pages, and thorough guidelines will be provided.

Two in-class group projects that focus on the relevance of the art and architecture to today.

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