Fine Arts 160

Understanding the Visual Arts

List of Works of Art


Caravaggio. The Basket of Fruit.

Course Description and Requirements
On the Lectures
Art History Resources On the Web
Resources in Art History for Graduate students
The Perseus Project
Art Historians' Guide to the Movies
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
The Art Institute of Chicago
On the sacking of the Baghdad Museum


On this page I will be posting the works of art we have discussed in class which you are to know for the exam and quiz portions of the course. More will be posted as we move along. Remember you can use any work you wish for the essay exams.

Please give the DATE PERIOD as part of all identifications.


Chapter One: "The Nature of Art"

Chapter Two: "Awareness, Creativity, and Communication"

Chapter Three: "Visual Elements"

All Lined Up
  • Line Variations (chart). (Fig. 55)
  • Paintings by Bridget Riley. (See Fig. 57)
  • Albrecht Durer. The Knight, Death, and the Devil, 1513. Engraving.
  • An engraving by M.C. Escher. (Related work to Fig. 67.)
  • David. The Oath of the Horatii.
  • Edvard Munch. The Scream. Lithograph. 1896. (Fig. 574)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright. Falling Water (aka the Kaufmann House). Bear Run, Pennsylvania, 1936. (Fig. 368)
  • King Mycerinus and Queen Khamerernebty. 2532-2510 B.C.E. (Fig. 388)
  • Head of Constantine. (fig. 404)
  • Henry Moore. Recumbent Figure. 1938. (Fig. 70)
  • Rodin. The Thinker.
  • Robert Arneson. California Artist. A Web site for his sculpture.
Space in Two and Three Dimensions
  • M. C. Escher. Drawing Hands. 1948.
  • Picasso drawings related to (Fig.72)
  • Clues to Spatial Depth (chart). (Fig. 75)
  • Fra Filippo Lippi. Madonna and Child. 1440/1445. (Fig. 183)
Implied Depth and Perspective
  • Perspective Charts (Fig.77)
  • Masaccio. The Holy Trinity. 1425. (Fig. 416) This shows the technique of linear perspective.
  • Paolo Ucello. Equestrian Monument to Sir John Hawkwood 1436. Fresco, Cathedral of Florence. "Ah, what a sweet mistress is this perspective!"
  • Raphael. The School of Athens. 1508. (Figs. 78-79) This also shows the technique of linear perspective.
  • Asher Brown Durand. Kindred Spirits. This shows the technique of atmospheric perspective.
Time and Motion
  • Sassetta. The Meeting of St. Anthony and St. Paul. circa 1440. (Fig. 85) Continuos narration
  • Giacomo Balla. Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash. 1912. (Fig. 90)
  • Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase. 1911. (Fig. 601)
  • "Rose de France" window, Chartres Cathedral, France. (fig. 414c)
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. 1892-1895.
  • Michael Hayden. The Sky's the Limit. O'Hare International Airport, Chicago. 1987.

Chapter Four : Principles of Design : Balance, Scale

  • Jacob Lawrence. Going Home. 1946. (Fig. 111)
  • Madonna and Dead Christ: Pietą. Germany, 14th century. (Like Fig. 129)
  • Michelangelo. The Pieta' St. Peter's basilica, Vatican City. (Fig. 128)
  • Raphael. Madonna of the Chair. circa 1514. (Fig. 122)
  • Andrea Palladio. The Villa Rotonda. Vicenza, Italy. 1567-1570. (Fig. 431)
  • Nicholas Poussin. The Holy Family on the Steps. 1648. (Fig. 117)
  • Pieter de Hooch. Interior of a Dutch House. 1658. (Fig. 112)
  • Claes Oldenburg, The Clothespin 1976. Philadelphia.

Chapter Five : Style

  • Head of an African Queen. (close to Fig. 133)
  • Hopi Kachina Doll. 1971. (close to Fig. 524)
Period Style--Art Nouveau
  • Paul Gauguin. Self-Portrait with halo. 1889. (Fig. 135)
  • Alphonse Mucha. Two posters, circa 1900. (See Fig. 138)
  • Aubrey Beardsley. Salome. 1893.
  • Victor Horta. A room from his house. (See Fig.136)
Regional Style
  • Maria Chino. Water Jar. Before 1927. Pueblo. (Fig. 523)
Group Style : Impressionism
  • Renoir. Le Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte 1876. (Fig. 143)

Chapter Fourteen : Architecture

You should be familiar with the buildings and concepts outlined in this chapter. In addition, we looked at:

Chapter Fifteen: Prehistoric to Early Civilization

  • The Venus of Willendorf. ca 25,000-20,000 B.C. (Fig. 372)
  • Hall of the Bulls. Lascaux Cave, Dordogne, France. 15,000-10,000 B.C. (Fig. 374)
  • Storage jar decorated with mountain goats ca. 3500 B.C. From what is now Iran. This is posted as part of the pottery comparison. Remember we don't have slides of the images in the book.
  • Remember the development of WRITING (and textbooks weren't far behind!) Look at some more Sumerian Cylinder Seals. (Say that fast!)
  • Stonehenge. England, c. 2000 B.C. (Fig. 6)

Chapter Sixteen: "Ancient Through Medieval in the Middle East and Europe:

  • The Ziggurat of Ur. ca 2100 B.C. (Figs. 382a and 382b)
  • The reconstructed lyre from the royal tombs at UR. 2650-2550 B. C. (Figs. 383 a and 383b)
  • The Great Pyramids, Egypt. 2650-2500 B.C. Fig. 385)
  • Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Deir-el-Bahari. ca/ 1490-1460 B. C. (Fig. 387)
  • King Mycerinus and Queen Khamerernebty. 2532-2510 B. C. (Fig. 388)
  • Wall painting from the tomb of Nebamun. Thebes, ca 1450 B.C. (Fig. 390)
  • Death mask of King Tutankhamen. ca. 1340 B.C. Gold inlaid with enamel and semiprecious stones. (Fig. 389)
Greek Art
  • Met Kouros. ca. 610-600 B.C. (Fig. 392)
  • Greek Archaic amphora showing a funeral See also a detail.

    Remember that the two above are grave markers.

  • Exekias. Greek Vase showing Achilles and Ajax playing a game. ca. 540. B.C. Black-figure ware. (Fig. 391)
  • A Riace Warrior. ca.5th century B.C. (Fig. 393) Here's a site for the bronzes The English of the text is a bit wobbly.
  • The Parthenon. The Acropolis, Athens. 448-432 B.C. (Figs. 394a and 394b.)
  • Parthenon frieze: Poseidon, Apollo, and Artemis. (Fig. 394c)
  • Praxiteles. Aphrodite of Knidos. About 350 B.C. Think of as the ancestor of:
  • The Medici Venus. Original is third century B.C. This is a Roman copy (and how can you tell?).
  • The Laocoon Group. Roman copy (?) of a 1st or 2nd century B.C. Greek (bronze) original. (Fig. 397)
Roman Art
  • The Pantheon. Rome, 188-125 A.D. (Figs. 399-400)
  • A guided tour of Pompeii.
Early Christian Art

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  • Head of Constantine. (fig. 404)
  • Old St. Peter's basilica (reconstruction) (fig. 405a)
  • Groundplan of Old St. Peter's (fig. 405c)
Byzantine ArtPlease use the category above as the date.
  • The church of San Vitale, Ravenna (fig. 406a)
  • Groundplan of San Vitale (fig. 406b)
  • The Empress Theodora from San Vitale, Ravenna (fig. 406c)
  • Interior, showing the high altar at San Vitale, Ravenna (fig. 406d)
  • Christ as Pantocrator with Mary and Saints. Mosaic. Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy. Late 12th century.
  • Byzantine School, Madonna and Child (fig. 409)
  • Andrei Rublev. Old Testament Trinity. ca.1410-1420. Continuation of the Byzantine style in Russia.
Early Medieval Art

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  • Scythian animal (remember our guy is a golden panther that looks very like this one) (fig. 410)
  • Sutton Hoo purse lid (fig. 411)
  • Chi-Rho monogram from The Book of Kells (fig. 412)
Romanesque Art

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  • Detail of Christ of the Pentecost from the Cathedral of Vezelay, France(fig. 413)

Gothic Art

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  • Notre Dame de Chartres--aka Chartres Cathedral, France (fig. 414a)
  • West Front of Notre Dame, Chartres (fig. 414b)
  • "Rose de France" window, Chartres (fig. 414c)
  • Old Testament relief sculptures of a prophet, kings, and a queen from the West Front of Chartres (fig. 414d)
  • Groundplan of Chartres (fig. 414e)
  • The Tree of Jesse from the West Front of Chartres (fig. 3)

Onward! to the...


The works below are dated Italian Renaissance:

  • Giotto. The Lamentation over the Dead Christ Fresco from the Arena Chapel, Padua. (fig. 415)
  • Masaccio. The Tribute Money Fresco, church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.
  • Masaccio. The Holy Trinity Fresco, church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence. (fig. 416)
  • Donatello. David bronze. (fig. 417)
  • Donatello. Mary Magdalene Wood, partially gilded. (fig. 418)
  • Fra Filippo Lippi. Madonna and Child 1440-1445. Tempera on wood. (fig. 183)
  • Botticelli. The Birth of Venus Tempera on canvas. (fig. 419)
  • Leonardo da Vinci. Drawings, including: Infant in the womb (fig. 420)
  • Leonardo da Vinci. Mona Lisa (fig. 421)
  • Leonardo da Vinci. The Last Supper Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. (figures 422, 422a and 422b)
  • Michelangelo. The Pieta' St. Peter's basilica, Vatican City. (fig. 128)
  • Michelangelo. David (figures 425a and 425b)
  • Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling. The Vatican Palace. (figures 426a and 426b)
  • Michelangelo. Studies for the Lybian Sybil on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. (fig. 165)
  • Raphael. The Madonna of the Meadow (fig. 427)
  • Raphael. The Madonna of the Chair (fig. 122)
  • Raphael. The School of Athens The Vatican Palace. (fig. 78)

The works below are dated Northern Renaissance:

  • The Limbourg Brothers (Poul, Hennequin and Stan--no, no, make that JEAN) The calendar page for February from the Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (fig. 430)
  • Jan van Eyck. The Madonna and Child with the Chancellor Rolin Oil on wood panel. (fig. 184)
  • Jan van Eyck. Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride Tempera and oil on panel. (figures 110, 428)
  • Pieter Brueghel. The Return of the Hunters Oil on panel. (fig. 429)

The Baroque

Italian Baroque
  • Caravaggio. The Conversion of St. Paul. Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome. (fig. 433)
  • Artemisia Gentileschi. Judith and her maidservent with the head of Holofernes (fig. 447)
  • Also: Artemisia Gentileschi. Susanna and the Elders 1610.
  • Gianlorenzo Bernini. David (fig. 434)
  • Also: Bernini. Apollo and Daphne. (Look left.)
  • Gianlorenzo Bernini. The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (fig. 435)
Northern Baroque
  • Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish). Raising of the Cross (fig. 436)
  • Nicholas Poussin (French). Holy Family on the Steps (fig. 117)
  • Diego Velazquez (Spanish) The Maids of Honor (fig. 437)
  • Rembrandt (Dutch). Saskia Asleep Brush and wash. Fig. 179.
  • Rembrandt. Self-Portrait (fig. 9)
  • Rembrandt The Return of the Prodigal Son (fig. 438)
  • Vermeer (Dutch) The Girl with the Red Hat (fig. 440)
  • Vermeer. The Kitchen Maid (fig. 441)
  • Also : Young Woman with a Water Jug Circa 1662. Met, NYC.
  • Vermeer. Girl with a Red Hat. Circa 1665. National Gallery of Art, Washington.
  • All about the Camera Obscura.

Some Women Artists

On to Part Two: The Modern World

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