A study of Greek painting, sculpture and architecture from the Cycladic to
the Hellenistic period, and an examination of Roman Art from the
Etruscan age to the beginning of Christian Art. Emphasis is placed on
the Greek Classical period and the Roman Empire.
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
-A. Kirk, The Nature of Greek Myths, Baltimore: Penguin Books,
-M. Lefkowtiz, Women in Greek Myths, Baltimore: J. Hopkins
University Press, 1990.
-J. G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archeology, Englewood Cliffs:
Prentice Hall, 1999.
-N. H. Ramage and A, Ramage, Roman Art, Englewood Cliffs:
Prentice Hall, 1998.
-Handbook on Greek and Roman Art (prepared by Dr. L. Cheney).
-Readings on Greek and Roman Art (prepared by Dr. L. Cheney).
-Roman Wall Painting by Arturo Stenico, pp. 30-41. (On Reserve)
-J. White, Spatial Design in Antiquity, pp. 236-73. (On Reserve)
-J. J. Pollitt, Art and Experience in Classical Greece. London:
Cambridge University Press, 1990.
-J. J. Pollitt, Art and Experience in Hellenistic Art. London:
Cambridge University Press, 1991.
-Otto Brendel, Prolegomena to Roman Art. London: Cambridge
University Press, 1991
-H. Burn, The Pelican History of the Greece. Baltimore: Penguin
-R. Brilliant, Roman Art: From the Republic to Constantine. New
York: Praeger, 1974.
-R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art. New York: Praeger, 1967.
-R. Ross Holloway, A View of Greek Art. New York: Harper and Row,
-J. Onians, Art and Thought in Hellenistic Age. New York: Thames
and Hudson, 1979.
-M. Pallottino, The Etruscans. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1976
-J. Strong, Roman Art. Baltimore: Pelican Books, 1980.
-R. Wheeler, Roman Art. New York: Oxford, 1980.
Also see The Perseus Project:
Class attendance is required. Exams are based on class lectures and
discussion of visual and historical material.
EXAMINATIONS: There will be two ten minute quizzes on slide
identification - September 30 and December 2 - plus two exams: one on
Greek Art and the other on Roman Art. Examinations are based on specific
material covered in class and on the required readings. Examination
missed without prior excuse from the instructor or excuse for medical
other emergencies cannot be made up. No voice mail, email or fax will be
accepted as an examination excuse.
PAPER ASSIGNMENT: There will be one paper due on December 9. All
late papers will be penalized or not accepted constituting course
failure. The paper should be approximately six to eight pages long,
double spaced and typed with xeroxed illustrations for the 200 level and
10-15 pages long for the 300/400 level. 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. Suggested
topics will be given at the beginning of the semester along with further
general instruction. On November 18, 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; 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 1970 sources (books and
articles). Although you may read survey texts (such a as those of
Janson, Hartt, or Gardner); however, 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; however; these do not count
among the acceptable sources. The Art Index (an annual index of
periodical literature on art) is very helpful. In addition, you may be
assisted by internet and websites information; however, be aware of
always recording and listing the source of your citation. Downloading
information from the internet without proper citation constitutes
plagiarism. In your paper define the limits of the topic you are
considering, clarify the issues surrounding the topic with respect to
the relationship between art and science, comment on the scholarly
problems involved, and offer some original incite into the topic. Be
sure to read critically. you will find little agreement among various
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 mimeographed materials will be given out throughout the course
in order to help you with your reading assignments.
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
examinations plus the quizzes will count 50% of your final semester
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)
Sept. 30 - Quiz I.
It consists of identifying visual material presented in class or
included in your required assignments. You will be asked to identify the
name of the artist, the title of the work, the style and given an
approximate date of the work.
Oct. 28 - Examination I. It will be based on slide
identifications, slide comparisons and attribution problem as well as
Nov. 6 - New York Field Trip (Saturday)
Nov. 18 - Notification of paper topic.
Dec. 2 - Quiz II and Second Examination. See Sept 30 and October
Dec. 9 - PAPER DUE. No extension without penalty.
Dec. 11-17 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD. Final Exam date to be
announced. 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. 9 - Introduction: scope of the course, bibliography, etc.
See Handbook on Greek and Roman Art (Cheney) and ings on Greek and Roman
Pedley, 8-24; Lefkowtiz, Women in Greek Myths.
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 7-17.
Sept. 14 - Greek Art: Cycladic
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 53-65; 75-76.
Sept. 16 - Minoan Art
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 17-52; 74-75; 81-86;94-98; and 103-188 passim.
Sept. 21 - Mycenaean Art
Pedley, 59-101 and 104-119.
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 65-73; 76-94; 98-102; 189-190; and 103-188
Sept. 23 - Archaic Sculptural Form
Pedley, and 122-138.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 7-44; Pollitt, pp. 1-14.
Sept. 28 - Archaic Architectural Form & Narration in Archaic Art
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 45-87; Kirk, The Nature of Greek Myths.
Sept. 30 - QUIZ I
Oct. 5-7 - Early Classical Art: 480-450 B.C. - Olympia
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 88-110; Pollitt, pp. 15-63.
Oct. 12-19 - Classical Art: 450-430 B.C.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 111-132; Pollitlt, pp. 1-2; 64-110.
Oct. 21 & 26 - Late Fifth Century: 430-400 B.C.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 133-157; Pollitt, pp. 111-135.
Oct. 28 - EXAMINATION II
Nov. 2 - Fourth Century & Hellenistic Art: 400-323 B.C.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 157-196; Pollitt, pp. 136-197; Onians,
Nov. 4 - Etruscan Art
See Greek and Roman Handouts (Cheney).
Recommended: M. Pallottino, The Etruscan and Brilliant, Introduction,
Nov. 6 - New York Field Trip (Saturday)
Nov. 9 & 16 - Roman Architecture
Ramage, Chapter I
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 19-84; Wheeler, Roman Art. Brendel's book.
Nov. 18 - NOTIFY ME OF YOUR PAPER TOPIC
Nov. 18 - Monuments
Ramage, Chapter II
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 85-129.
Nov. 23 - Decorations
Ramage, Chapter III
Recommended: Brilliant, pp.129-164; Strong, Roman Art.
Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Day!
Nov. 30 - Roman Realism
Ramage, Chapter IV and V.
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 165-196.
Dec. 2 - QUIZ II/Examination II
Dec. 2 - Roman Eclecticism
Ramage, Chapter VI.
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 197-220.
Dec. 3 - Art History Symposium
Dec. 7 - Periodic Styles
Ramage, Chapter VI-VIII.
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 221-268.
Dec. 9 - Roman Wall Painting
Ramage, Chapter IX-XII. (See Handbook for things on this matter and
Dec. 9 - PAPER DUE
Dec. 11-17 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD