Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AHST 1304 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Survey of Wester Art History: Re

Description of Course:

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.

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 (on reserve in McDermott Library).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assigned reading.

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

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.

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

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