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.
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.
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.
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,
-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,
For further bibliography see the Reserve List at the Circulation Desk of
O'Leary Library, South Campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TABLE FOR EXAMINATIONS:
(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)
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.
Oct. 24 - MID-TERM EXAMINATION. 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
Dec.14-22 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD. 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.
ASSIGNMENT AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
(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.
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