History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern 58.204/201
Dr. Liana Cheney


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Syllabus of Lectures


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance times to the Modern period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Nineteenth Century Movements - Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism - and the Twentieth Century Movements - Expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. The aim of the course is to introduce the student to basic critical and art historical methods as well as the analysis of style and content within sequential cultural contexts.

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

(It is highly recommended that assigned reading be done ahead of time)
-H. W. Janson, History of Art, 6th rev. edition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1998.
-Wendy Slatkin, Women in Art History, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1996.

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 February 18 and April 6. These quizzes will be given at the beginning of the lecture and they will be selected from the illustrations found in your text - H. W. Janson, History of Art. In addition, there will be two exams March 2 and April 13 and an optional Cyber/Ed Examination on March 11. These examinations 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. Examination missed without prior excuse from me or written excuse for medical or for other emergencies cannot be made up.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: The paper should be approximately 4-5 pages long, double spaced and typed with xeroxed illustrations. The computerized typing must be as follow: accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12 points in character; double spaced; 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. April 20 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. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet for typing the paper. The purpose of this brief written assignment is to verbalize your visual awareness based on the association with and application to historical art works and advertising or multicultural mass media.

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 20% of your final semester grade, and the two quizzes with the mid-term examinations will count 50% of your final semester grade. Before mid-semester evaluation and final evaluation I will look at your notebook to see if you have taken notes in class this observation will count 5% of your final 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) and other museum around area.

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)

Feb 18 - QUIZ.
It consists of identifying visual material and presented in class or included in H. W. Janson, History of Art. You will be required to identify the name of the artist (if known), the title of the art work, the style, and give an approximate date of the work.
The examination will consist of and single slide identifications, slide comparisons and definition of terms as well as discussions on selected essays.
April 6 - QUIZ.
Same format used in the February 18 quiz.
The examination will consist of and single slide identifications, slide comparisons and definition of terms as well as discussions on selected essays.
April 20 - Notify me of your paper topic.
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 section.

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

Jan 26 - Introduction: scope of the course
Discussion of "What is Art History?" The Artist's Profession.
Janson, History of Art, Introduction.
Handbook on Survey of Art II prepared by Dr. L. Cheney
Highly recommended readings: Wendy Slatkin, Women in Art History; L. Wren, Perspective on Art II.
Read accordingly throughout the semester as it relates to pertinent artistic periods, styles or artists.

Jan 28 - What it is to be a University Student?
How to take notes, read assignments, study, take examinations, research tools and other relevant information.
See: Information Literacy Assignment

Feb 2 - Principles of Art: Definition of Terms: Iconography, Style
Janson, Part III, Chapter I

Feb 4 - Early Renaissance in Italy: Sculpture and Painting
Janson, Part III, Chapter II

Feb 9 - Early Renaissance in Italy: Architecture
Janson, Part III, Chapter II;
Wren, Chapter I.
Recommended: Spencer, Readings in Art History II, pp. 17-44.

Feb 11 - Video Day

Feb 16 - Renaissance Art in Italy: Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
Janson, Part III, Chapter II.

Feb. 18 - QUIZ I

Feb 23 - High Renaissance in Italy: Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael
Janson, Part III, Chapter III;
Wren, Chapter II;
Slatkin, Renaissance Women.
Recommended: Spencer, pp. 45-110.

Feb 25 - Venetian Renaissance: Titian, Giorgione, Mantegna, Bellini
Janson, Part III, Chapter III.

March 2 - EXAM I

March 4 - Northern Renaissance: Germany in the 16th Century
Janson, Part III, Chapter V;
Wren, Chapter III & IV.

March 6 - New York City: Art History Field Trip/Optional (Saturday)

March 9 - Mannerism In Italy: Painting, Architecture and Sculpture
Janson, Part III, Chapter IV;
Slatkin, Mannerist Women.
Recommended: Spencer, pp. 111-140.

March 11 - Baroque Art in Italy: Carracci Family and Caravaggio
Janson, Part III, Chapter VI;
Wren, Chapter V

March 16-18 - Spring Break

March 23 - Baroque Art in Flanders: Rubens
Janson, Part III, Chapter VII;
Wren, Chapter VI
Recommended: Slatkin, Baroque Women

March 25 - Video
Baroque Art in Italy: Sculpture & Architecture: Berinini & Borromini
Janson, Part III, Chapter VI

March 30 - Baroque Art in France: Poussin and Lorraine
Janson, Part III, Chapter VIII

April 1 - Baroque Art in Spain: Velasquez and Zurbaran
Janson, Part III, Chapter VII

April 6 - QUIZ II

April 6 - Baroque Art in Holland: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals
Janson, Part III, Chapter VII

April 8 - Library Day
Baroque Art in England
Janson, Part III, Chapter VIII

April 13 - EXAM II

April 15 - 19th Century. Neoclassicism. David & Ingres
19th Century: Romanticism. Gericault, Delacroix.
Janson, Part IV, Chapter 1
Recommended: Wren, Chapter VIII


April 20 - 19th Century Realism: Courbet, Degas & Manet
Janson, Part IV, Chapter II.
Recommended: Spencer, pp. 287-305.

April 22 - 19th Century Impressionism: Monet
Janson, Part IV, Chapter II;
Slatkin, Impressionist Women.
19th Century: Post-Impressionism. Cezanne and Seurat.
Janson, Part IV, Chapter III

April 27 - 19th Century: Post-Impressionism: Van Gogh, Gaguin & Symbolism: Redon, Gustave Moureau
Janson, Part IV, Chapter III

April 29 - 20th Century: Expressionism. Matisse & German Expressionism
Janson, Part IV, Chapter IV;
Slatkin, 20th Century Women


May 4 - 20th Century: Non-Objective Painting. Mondrian and Kandinsky
Janson, Part IV, Chapter IV

May 6 - 20th Century: Cubism. Braque and Picasso
Janson, Part IV, Chapter IV
Recommended: Wren, Chapter IX
20th Century: Metaphysical Art and Dadaism. De Chirico and Duchamp.
Janson, Part IV, Chapter IV.

May 11 - 20th Century: Surrealism. Dali, Tanguy, Ernst.
Janson, Part IV, Chapter IV.
Post World War II Art: Abstracts. Their respective call numbers are placed on the Reserve Section of the O'Leary Library, South Campus,

May 13 - Reading Day