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ART H 203 A: Survey Of Western Art-Modern

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Meeting Time: 
MWF 8:30am - 9:20am
KNE 110
Kolya M. Rice

Syllabus Description:

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,


Course Description:

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.


Required Readings:

  1. Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, 5th Edition, vol. 2 (2014)
  2. Electronic Reserve Readings (ER) posted on Canvas
  3. Lectures Guides (download from Canvas, print, and bring to class)


Helpful sources on 2hr reserve in Art library:

  1. Pierce, From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History.
  2. Hall, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art.
  3. 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).



Course Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. Essay assignments
  3. Midterm exam
  4. 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%)

Participation (15%)


Key dates to remember:

4/18: Short Paper Due on Canvas by 8am

4/21: Research Paper thesis statement & annotated bibliographies due

4/29: Midterm 

5/9: Rough Draft of Research Paper due on Canvas by 8am

5/12:  Rough Draft of Research Paper hard copy due to class

6/1: Final Draft of Research Papers due on Canvas by 8am

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

                        Stokstad: xxiii-xliii.


W 3/30                        LG #1: The High Renaissance: Leonardo and Raphael

                        Stokstad: 633-643

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

                        Stokstad: 654-662

                        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

                        Stokstad: 679-691

                        ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #70, 71.


M 4/11             LG #6: The Northern Renaissance in Flanders and the Netherlands

                        Stokstad: 698-707


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

Stokstad: 737-751

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

Stokstad: 905-912


M 4/25             LG 11: “The Grand Manner” in the U.S. and England

                        Stokstad: 922-929

                        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

                        Stokstad: 954-958

                        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

                        Stokstad: 934-951


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

                        Stokstad: 966-67.

                        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

                        Stokstad: 984-987.




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

                        Stokstad: 1033-1040.


M 5/30             No Class: Memorial Day Holiday


W 6/1              LG 23: Surrealism

                        Stokstad: 1057-1060.


F 6/3                Catch up and review


T  6/7               Final quiz 8:30-10:20



Catalog Description: 
Western art from 1520 to the present.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
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February 7, 2017 - 9:30pm