History of Architecture 58.206/201
Dr. Marie Frank


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Syllabus of Lectures


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of the origins and development of architecture from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from Ancient Egypt, Antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. Methodological problems of interpretation, critical theory of space and perception, formal analysis and aesthetic principles are studies in these art works.

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. Disabled students must see me on the first day of class to accommodate their individual needs.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00-1:00 p.m. or by appointment. My office is in Coburn Hall, Room 201

-Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman, Architecture: From Prehistoric to Post-Modernism/The Western Tradition. New Jersey, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1986.
-J. S. Pierce, From Abacus to Zeus, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1979. This dictionary will be a valuable reference and will assist you with the terminology of art history.
-Sinclair, A., Architecture, New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.

For further bibliography see the Reserve List at the Circulation Desk of O'Leary Library, South Campus.

ATTENDANCE: Class attendance is required. Exams are based on class lectures and discussion of visual and historical material.

EXAMINATIONS: There will be two (2) ten minute quizzes based on slide identification (name of the artist, title of the work, style and approximate date) on October 3 and November 21 These quizzes will be given at the beginning of the lecture and they will be selected from the illustrations found in your text - Trachtenberg and Hyman, Architecture. Also if necessary additional quizzes will be given to assist you in assimilating the visual material. In addition, there will be a MID-TERM EXAM on October 24. This examination will be based on slide comparisons, essays and definition of terms. And, a FINAL EXAM (date to be announced) will be based on material discussed from the Mid-Term Exam on. The format will be the same as the Mid-Term Exam. Examinations missed without prior excuse from me or written excuse for medical or other emergencies, obtained from the Dean of the College, cannot be made up.

PAPER: There will be a paper due on December 5. All late papers will be penalized or not accepted. The paper should be approximately eight to ten pages long (for 200 level) and ten to fifteen pages long (for 400 level), double spaced and typed with xeroxed illustrations. 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. You may choose to write on a particular aspect of any topic covered in class. On November 2 you are to submit a statement concerning your intended paper topic. All work done outside of class must be type written or computer printed, double spaced. 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.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: Prior to completing your research, you should consult at least 8, post 1960 sources (books and articles). Although you may read survey texts (such a as those of Janson, Hartt, or Gardner), these do not count among the acceptable sources. You may develop a good bibliography for any topic you choose from the books and articles on the Reserve Section of the O'Leary Library/South Campus. Also, The Encyclopedia of World Art and The Oxford Companion to Art may be useful. The Art Index (an annual index of periodical literature on art) is very helpful.

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 course.

HANDOUTS: A series of xeroxed materials will be given out throughout the course in order to help you with your reading and writing assignments.

EVALUATION: The final exam will count 25% of your final semester grade. The paper will also count 25% of your final semester grade. And the two quizzes with the mid-term examination will count 50% of your final semester grade.

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.

(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)

Oct. 3 - QUIZ I. It consists of identifying visual material presented in class and included in Trachtenberg and Hyman's Architecture. You will be required to identify the name of the artist (if known), the title of the art work, the style, and given an approximate date of the work.
The examination will consist of single slide identification, slide comparisons. The second day of the examination will be definition of terms and discussions on selected essays. Nov. 2- Notify me of your brief paper topic.
Nov. 21 - QUIZ II.
Same format used in the October 3 quiz.
Dec. 5 - PAPER DUE
Final Exam will be announced at a later date. The final exam format will be the same as the Mid-Term Examination. It will not be cumulative, that is to say, you will be tested only on the new material covered from the Mid-Term Examination on, but you will be responsible for the assimilation of general concepts of art history discussed in the earlier session.

(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)

Sept. 5-7 - Introduction: scope of the course
Discussion on What is Architecture? The Artist's Profession.
Sinclair, Architecture.

Sept. 12-14 - Architecture Before Greece: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Ancient Near East
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 1

Sept. 19-21 - Greece
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 2

Sept. 26-28 - Rome
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 3.

Oct. 3 - QUIZ I

Oct. 3-5 - Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 4.

Oct. 12 - Reading Day

Oct. 17-19 - Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque Architecture
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter Five.

Oct. 24 - Mid-Term Examination

Oct. 26 - Museum Day

Oct. 31 - Islam and the West
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 6

Nov. 2 - Notify me of your paper topic

Nov. 2 - Gothic Architecture
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 7

Nov. 7-9 - The Renaissance
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 8

Nov. 14-16 - The Baroque
Trachtenberg and Hyman, Chapter 9

Nov. 21 - QUIZ II

Nov. 21-22 - The 18th Century
Trachtenberg & Hyman, Chapter 10.

Nov. 28-30 - The 19th Century
Trachtenberg & Hyman, Chapter 11

Dec. 5 - PAPER DUE

Dec. 5-12 - Modern Architecture and Post-Modernism
Trachtenberg & Hyman, Chapter 12