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ARTHI 101A: Introduction to Art History

Instructed by: Dr. Van Gogh


Old Campus, Room 9
Days and Times
Tuesday: 14:00 - 15:50
Thursday: 11:30 - 13:00


ENGL100: Entry-Level English (or equivalent)


The study of art history allows students to rediscover the world in which they live through new historical vantage points. Throughout the semester, we will learn about how people have communicated to each other through art, as well as the historical and cultural contexts in which famous works of art have been created. Students will also develop the intuition and vocabulary necessary to analyze art and pursue the field of art history further.


Use of a laptop or tablet for the purpose of taking notes is fine. Unrelated use (e.g. web browsing, video games, communication, etc.) is not allowed, because it is a distraction to both you and your fellow students. All devices should be silenced, including cell phones. Improper usage of technology during lecture will result in low participation grades.


The university has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at the university for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism.


09/04/2018: Introduction to the Course
Students will be introduced to the field of art history. We will also go over assignments, expectations and policies as outlined in the syllabus.
09/06/2018: How to Analyze Art
An introduction to the tools used by art historians to understand art. The concept of close looking will be explored. Students will also be shown classic examples of techniques such as foreshortening and chiaroscuro.
09/11/2018: Prehistoric Art
The desire to create is a human universal. This lecture will look at some of the earliest examples of art, from the cave paintings at Lascaux to the Etruscan civilization.
09/13/2018: Art in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
With a special guest speaker from the archaeology department, Dr. Jones, to guide us, we set out for the Fertile Crescent, exploring ziggurats, pyramids, and plenty of tombs along the way.
09/18/2018: Art in Ancient Greece and Rome
We will cover the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, as well as the profound effect that they have collectively had on the Western aesthetic, reaching all the way to the present day.
09/20/2018: Medieval and Byzantine Art
From the Hagia Sophia to illuminated manuscripts, organized religion led to important innovations in aesthetics, architecture, and technology.
09/25/2018: The Renaissance (Part 1)
This lecture will be spent covering the historical and intellectual basis of the Renaissance. It is encouraged, but not required, that students read Gombrich (see reading list) before attending class.
09/27/2018: The Renaissance (Part 2)
Having acquired a contextual understanding ofthe Renaissance during the previous lecture, we are now equipped to analyze the art by masters like Da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli.


09/13/2018: Quiz
Students will be tested on their ability to assess art like an art historian.
09/27/2018: Essay: Non-Western Art
Students will write a ten page essay about an artistic period (pre-1500s) or style hailing from a region not covered in class, such as Africa, Asia, or Oceania.