Art History 203
Survey of Western Art--Modern
Spring Quarter 2016
Instructor: Kolya Rice Teaching Assistant: Katie Tuft
Office hours: M/W 9:30-10:30 and by appointment
311 Art, email@example.com
This course introduces the major figures, styles and movements in Western art from the High Renaissance to the present. It also presents the principle issues, techniques, and interpretive methods of the discipline of art history. As well as learning to recognize the key “monuments” of European and American art from around 1500 to 1930, students will consider how a study of visual products adds to our understanding of past cultures and societies. Illustrated lectures anchor the course, but discussion is encouraged at all times, and sophisticated reading assignments will be provided to expand upon the text and lectures. In addition, participants will meet weekly with their writing instructor their writing skills.
- Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, 5th Edition, vol. 2 (2014)
- Electronic Reserve Readings (ER) posted on Canvas
- Lectures Guides (download from Canvas, print, and bring to class)
Helpful sources on 2hr reserve in Art library:
- Pierce, From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History.
- Hall, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art.
- Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing about Art.
To help you prepare for exams, a selection of slides viewed in class during the week will be placed on Canvas. These slides will be accompanied with basic factual information (Artist, Title, Date).
- Active participation in all quiz section meetings. Please note, active participation assumes that you thoroughly read and think about course materials in advance of class meetings, that you meaningfully contribute to discussions, and that you complete all assignments.
- Essay assignments
- Midterm exam
- Final exam
Note: make-up exams will not be given without legitimate documentation of severe illness, family emergencies, etc. Extensions for written work will be granted only under similar conditions. Late papers will not be accepted. All course requirements must be completed for credit to be awarded.
Midterm exam (25%)
Final exam (35%)
Short paper (5%)
Research paper (20%)
Key dates to remember:
4/18: Short Paper Due on Canvas by 8am
4/21: Research Paper thesis statement & annotated bibliographies due
5/9: Rough Draft of Research Paper due on Canvas by 8am
5/12: Rough Draft of Research Paper hard copy due to class
6/7: Final Exam 8:30-10:20
Large Lecture Course Outline and Reading Assignments
(Please have these assignments read by the date listed below.)
Key: ER= Electronic reserve (under “files” on Canvas)
LG=Lecture Guide (under “files” on Canvas)
M 3/28 Introduction to Art History and the course
W 3/30 LG #1: The High Renaissance: Leonardo and Raphael
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #58, 59, 61, 66 (all readings
from H.W. Janson are individually numbered).
F 4/1 LG #2: Michelangelo
Stokstad: 643-652 & 668-672
ER: A. Blunt, “Michelangelo’s Views on Art,” from Readings in Art History II (1983): 103-124.
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67.
M 4/4 LG #3: Northern Italian Renaissance painting
ER: J. Berger, Chapter 3 from Ways of Seeing (1972): 45-64.
W 4/6 LG #4: Mannerisms, 16th Century Venetian and Spanish painting
Stokstad: 662-78 & 694-697 (El Greco)
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #68.
F 4/8 LG #5: The Northern Renaissance in Germany
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #70, 71.
M 4/11 LG #6: The Northern Renaissance in Flanders and the Netherlands
W 4/13 LG #7: Italian Baroque painting and sculpture
Stokstad: 713-730 (skim sections on architecture).
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #72.
F 4/15 LG #8: Baroque painting in France and Spain
Stokstad: 730-736, 760-765
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #76.
M 4/18 LG 9: Baroque painting in Flanders and The Netherlands
ER: D. Mitchell, “Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp: a Sinner among the Righteous,” Artibus et Historiae (1994): 145-156.
W 4/20 Baroque painting continued
F 4/22 LG 10: Rococo Painting
M 4/25 LG 11: “The Grand Manner” in the U.S. and England
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #81.
W 4/27 Catch-up day
F 4/29 Midterm quiz
M 5/2 LG 12: 19thC Representations of Native Americans and the West
ER: R. Hughes, excerpt from American Visions: The Epic History of Art
in America (1997): 175-205.
W 5/4 LG 13: Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France and Italy
F 5/6 French Romanticism continued
ER: Eugène Delacroix, excerpts from his Journals (1822-24 & 32) from
Art in Theory: 1815-1900 (1998): 26-30 & 84-89.
M 5/9 LG 14: Romanticism in England, Germany and Spain
Stokstad: 929-932, 934-51, 958 (Friedrich).
W 5/11 LG 15: 19thC French Academic sculpture and painting
ER: L. Nochlin, “Women Art and Power,” from Women Art and Power
and Other Essays (1988): 1-36.
F 5/13 LG 16: Naturalism and Realism
Stokstad:972-976, 981-984 .
M 5/16 LG 17: The Pre-Raphaelites and Whistler
W 5/18 LG 18: Manet and Impressionism
Stokstad: 976-980, 987-994.
ER: S. Eisenman, “Manet and the Impressionists,” from Nineteenth-
Century Art: A Critical Anthology (1994): 238-254.
F 5/20 LG 19: Post-Impressionism and Symbolism
Stokstad: 994-1003, 1012-1017.
M 5/23 LG 20: Expressionisms
Stokstad: 1017-1021, 1026-1031
ER: W. Kandinsky, excerpt from Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1911),
from Art in Theory:1900-1990 (1992): 86-94.
W 5/25 LG 21: Picasso and Cubism
Stokstad; 101021-1026, 1062-63.
ER: C. Bell, “The Aesthetic Hypothesis,” (1914), from Modern Art and
Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1987): 67-74.
F 5/27 LG 22: Futurism, Dada and Duchamp
M 5/30 No Class: Memorial Day Holiday
W 6/1 LG 23: Surrealism
F 6/3 Catch up and review
T 6/7 Final quiz 8:30-10:20