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ART H 203 A: Survey Of Western Art-Modern

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Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:10am - 10:40am
ART 317
Kolya M. Rice

Syllabus Description:

Art History 203

Survey of Western Art--Modern

Summer Quarter 2016

Instructor: Kolya Rice

Office hours: M/W 11:00-12:00 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 1900, 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.


Required Readings:

  1. Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, 5th Edition, vol. 2 (2014)
  2. Electronic Reserve Readings (ER) posted on Canvas



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 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 any informal exercises assigned.
  2. 4-5 page essay
  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 (35%)

Final Exam (35%)

4-5 page Essay (20%)

Participation (10%)


Key dates to remember:

7/18                        Midterm exam

8/17                        Essay due                   

8/19                        Final exam

























Course Outline and Reading Assignments

(Please have these assignments read by the date listed below.)


M 6/20                 Introduction to Art History and the course

                        Stokstad: xxiii-xliii.


W 6/22            -           LG #1: The High Renaissance: Leonardo and Raphael

F 6/24              Stokstad: 633-643.

ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #58, 59, 61, 66 (all readings

from H.W. Janson are individually numbered).


M 6/27-               LG #2: Michelangelo

W 6//29           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.


F 7/1                LG #3: Northern Italian Renaissance painting

                        Stokstad: 654-662.

                        ER: J. Berger, Chapter 3 from Ways of Seeing (1972): 45-64.


M 7/4               Independence Day—NO CLASS


W 7/6              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 7/8                LG #5: The Northern Renaissance

                        Stokstad: 679-691 & 698-707,

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

                        ER: B. Scribner, “Ways of Seeing in the Age of Dürer,” from Dürer and

His Culture (1998): 93-117, 221-24.


M 7/11             LG #7: Italian Baroque painting and sculpture

Stokstad: 713-730 (skim sections on architecture).

ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #72.


W 7/13                LG #8: Baroque painting in France and Spain

                        Stokstad: 730-736, 760-765

                        ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #76.


F 7/15              Catch-up, discussion and review; each student must bring 3 questions

                        to class


M 7/18             Midterm Exam in class

W 7/20                        Catch Up Day


 F 7/22             LG 9: Baroque painting in Flanders and Holland

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.


M 7/25             LG 10:  Rococo Painting

            Stokstad: 905-912.


W 7/27            Guest lecture             


F 7/29              No Class: work on papers


M 8/1               LG 11: “The Grand Manner” in the U.S. and England

                        Stokstad: 920-927.

                        ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #81.


W 8/3-             LG 12: 19thC  Representations of  Native Americans and the West

F 8/5                Stokstad: 954-958.

                        ER: R. Hughes, excerpt from American Visions: The Epic History of Art

                        in America (1997): 175-205.


M 8/8               LG 13: Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France and Italy

                        Stokstad: 934-951


W 8/10                        French Romanticism continued

                        ER: Eugène Delacroix, excerpts from his Journals (1822-24 & 32) from

                        Art in Theory: 1815-1900 (1998): 26-30 & 84-89.


F 8/12              LG 14: Romanticism in England, Germany and Spain

                        Stokstad: 929-932, 934-51, 958 (Friedrich).


M 8/15             LG 15: 19thC French Academicism, Naturalism and Realism

                        Stokstad: 966-67, 972-976, 981-984 .

                        ER: L. Nochlin, “Women Art and Power,” from Women Art and Power

                        and Other Essays (1988): 1-36.


W 8/17                        LG 16: Manet and Impressionism

                        Stokstad: 976-980, 987-994.

Essay Due in Class


F 8/19             Final Exam in class

AH 203 Syllabus Summer 2016.docx

Catalog Description: 
Western art from 1520 to the present.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
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