COURSE DESCRIPTION: The study of American painting, sculpture and
architecture from the Colonial period to the end of the 19th Century
seen in relation to European developments and American social and
technological changes. Emphasis is placed on 19th Century paintings
dealing with still-life and landscapes.
ORGANIZATION: Although class discussion is strongly encouraged,
this is primarily a lecture course based upon the visual content of
works of art presented by way of projected slides. Attendance is highly
recommended for every class meeting. Students are responsible for the
content of all lectures and assigned reading materials.
CLASS COMPORTMENT: Since this a professional presentation at the
university level, you are not permitted to eat or drink during class
lectures and discussion.
OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00-1:00
p.m. or by appointment. My office is in Dugan Hall, Room 218.
-Wayne Craven, American Art: History and Culture. NY: Brown &
-John McCoubrey, American Art: 1700-1960. NJ: Prentice-Hall,
-Barbara Novak, American Nature and Culture. New York: Praeger
-C. S. Rubinstein, American Women Artists. NY: Avon Publishers,
In addition to a series of articles some placed on the Reserve Section
of the O'Leary Library and others to be found in the periodical section
of the O'Leary Library.
-M. Baigell, Dictionary of American Art. New York: Harper & Row
-Barbara Novak, American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century. New
York: Oxford Publishers, 1980.
-L. M. Roth, A Concise History of American Architecture. New
York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1980.
-Herbert Spencer, American Art: Readings from the Colonial Era to
Present. New York: Scribner's and Sons, 1980.
-Milton Brown, et al. American Art. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall,
EXAMINATIONS: There will be two quizzes; ten to fifteen minutes
each; on October 6 and Nov. 10, plus a Mid-term exam on October 10, and
a final exam (date to be announced). Examinations are based on specific
material covered in class and on the required readings. Examinations
missed without prior written excuse from the instructor or written
excuse for medical or other emergencies cannot be made up. No electronic
mail, fax, telephone, or voice mail is acceptable.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: On Nov. 3rd notify me of your written
assignment topic. The paper will be due on Dec 1. All late papers will
be penalized. The paper should be approximately 10-15 pages long, double
spaced and typed with illustrations. Suggested topics will be given at
the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet
for form of term papers. The computerized typing must be as follow:
accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12
points in character; single space between paragraph, double space
between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Papers written in
any other format are not acceptable. The written assignment will be
graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation,
grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. All work done
outside of class must be type written or computer printed, double
spaced. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester,
along with a general instruction sheet for typing the paper.
NOTE ON PLAGIARISM: Be careful never to copy directly or directly
adapt from another author without crediting the source. General sources
must be listed in a bibliography; any direct quotation or paraphrase
must be footnoted. Any unacknowledged copying will receive and F for the
HANDOUTS: A series of xeroxed materials will be given out
throughout the course in order to help you with your reading and writing
EVALUATION/MUSEUM VISITS: Students are individually responsible
for visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum (both in Boston), the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge), the
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester), Whistler House Museum (Lowell), the
Philips Academy Museum (Andover), and the Curry Museum.
OPTIONAL MUSEUM VISITS: Probably during the semester the Art
History Club will sponsor some field trips to the Boston Museums. Also,
there will be schedules of one or two trips to New York City, Worcester
and, New Haven and Hartford, CT., and Washington, D.C. in order to visit
some major exhibitions or museums. You will be encouraged to attend, but
not penalized for not participating in these trips.
TIME TABLE FOR EXAMINATIONS:
(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)
Oct. 6 - QUIZ I. It consists of identifying visual material
presented in class or included in your assigned readings. You will be
required to identify the name of the artist (if known), the title of the
art work, the style, the location (if architectural sculpture or
architecture) and give an approximate date of art work.
Oct. 20 - EXAM I. The essay examination will be based on slide
identification, slide comparisons, and attribution problem and essays
selected from your class lectures and reading assignments.
Nov. 3 - Notify me of your paper topic selection. Complete the
Nov. 10 - QUIZ II. Same instruction and procedure as Quiz I.
Dec. 1 - PAPER DUE.
Dec. 15-22 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD. Final Exam time will be
announced. The final exam format will be the same as the First
Examination. It will not be cumulative, that is to say, you will be
tested on the new visual and reading material presented after the Second
Examination, but you will be responsible for the assimilation of general
concepts of American Art from the 17th to the 19th
Centuries in your essay section.
LECTURE, ASSIGNMENT AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
(N.B. Syllabus subject to change with prior notice)
Sept. 8 - Introduction: scope of the course, bibliography
Sept. 15 - Colonial Period
Early Colonial Architecture, Painting and Sculpture: 1700-76.
Carven, Chapters 1-3; Rubinstein, Chapter 1 passim; McCoubrey, Chapter
Recommended: Brown, Chapters 1, 2; Novak, Chapter 1; Spencer, 3-21.
Sept. 22 - Colonial Period
Eighteenth Century Colonial Architecture, Painting & Sculpture.
Carven, Chapters 4-7; Rubinstein, Chapter 2 passim; McCoubrey, 35-40.
Recommended: Brown, Chapters 3 & 4; Spencer, 21-36;
Suggested: Roth, Chapter 2; Gowans, 115-243.
Sept. 29 - The Federal Period
Neoclassical Architecture, Painting & Sculpture - 1785-1830.
Craven, Chapters 8-12; Rubinstein, Chapter 3; McCoubrey, 40-63 & Chapter
Recommended: Brown, Chapters 5-7; Novak, Chapter 2; Spencer, 37-50.
Suggested: Baigell, Chapters 4-5.
Oct. 6 - QUIZ I
Oct. 13 - Columbus Day/No Class
Oct. 20 - EXAM I
Oct. 2 - The Romantic Period
Nov. 3-10 - The Age of Romanticism & Eclecticism, 1825-70
Architecture, Painting & Sculpture.
Carven, Chapters 13-19; Rubinstein, Chapter 3; McCoubrey, 126-132 &
Recommended: Brown, Chapters 8-10; Novak, Chapters 3-5, 10 & 12;
Suggested: Roth, Chapters 3-4; Gowans, 243-87; Baigell, Chapters 6-7.
Nov. 10 - QUIZ II
Notify me of your paper topic. Complete Approval Form.
Nov. 17-24 - The American Renaissance
The Age of Capitalism, Imperialism, and High Society 1870-1900.
Architecture, Painting, Sculpture & Photography.
Carven, Chapters, 2-26; Rubinstein, Chapter 4;McCoubrey, 132-86.
Recommended: Brown, Chapters 11-14; Novak, Chapters 8-9, 13 & 11; Review
10; Spencer, 131-216.
Suggested: Roth, Chapters 5-7; Baigell, Chapter 7; Gowans, 316-396.
Dec. 1 - PAPER DUE
Dec. 1-8 - The Early Modern Period
First Generation of Modernism: 1900-94.
Architecture, Painting & Photography.
Carven, Chapters 27-32; Rubinstein, Chapter 5; McCoubrey, 173-186.
Recommended: Brown, Chapters 15-17; Novak, Chapter/Conclusion; Spencer,
Suggested: Baigell, Chapter 8; Gowans, 366-421; Roth, Review Chapter 7.
Dec. 15-22 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD