Description of the Course: The history of European painting, sculpture, and architecture from c. 1300 until c. 1525. This is a survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and Northern Europe from Giotto to Ghiberti and Jan van Eyck to early Michelangelo and Durer.

Educational Goals for the Course: Students will learn how to think, study and write for an upper-division art history course, skills which will help to prepare them for similar courses in the art or other departments. They will gain a reasonably detailed knowledge of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the period from ca. 1300 to ca. 1525 in Italy and Northern Europe; they will have a an extensive beginning knowledge of topics including:

Expectations of the Undergraduate Student: Students should be able to read, write, and converse in standard English well enough to perform at the expected level for a student in a third-year class. Students will need to be able and willing to devote enough time to the course to do the required reading, participate appropriately in class, write two short papers, and take the midterm and the final.

Expectations of the Graduate Student: The graduate student will do all of the above and complete a Problem Paper under the direction of the professor. They will also give a lecture to the class on their topic. They will be required to meet with the professor a few times during the semester to consult on this and other topics.

Recommended Background: No prerequisites; Art History 265 or the equivalent background would be helpful.


Also: You will read a few articles and some of Vasari's Lives (see schedule). Most of these will be found linked to the Web site.

Index of Art 363 Course Site

Course Requirements
Slide Lists: 1 2 3 4
On the Quizzes
The Midterm
The Paper
On the Final
Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists
List of Art for the Final
General Bibliography
News about Italian Renaissance Art
Now you're ready for Venice!
Survey of the Art of Venice
Visit the Florence course
Florence and the Medici

Course Requirements in Brief:

There will be two quizzes, a Midterm and a Final. There will also be the two short papers, as mentioned above. The midterm and the final are each worth 100 points and each count as 25 percent of your final grade. Students who miss the Midterm or the Final automatically fail the course. The Papers (100 points each) count 40 percent for both, and the quizzes (20 points each) count 10 percent for both.

The quizzes and the exams will consist of some combination of slide identifications, comparisons, and short essays. Almost all of the material for which you will be responsible will be contained in the texts, or will be on the Web site. There may be a few other images included, which will be posted on the Web site.

The Course Web Site This is located at: ( Here you will find the full syllabus, including the schedule and the requirements, explanations of the quizzes, the exams, and the papers. There will also be various links and illustrations to help you with your studying. The links will include short readings which are also required for the class. You are required to use the Web site. From after the first week of the class all students enrolled in the course are assumed to have read and understood the Web site. If you have questions, please ask, in class or out.

Movies Movies, in full or in part, will be shown both in and out of class to help render more vivid the world of the Renaissance.

Attendance, Absences, and so on. It is inarguable that the students who get good grades are the ones whose attendance is also good. Conversely, students who have received D or E grades are the ones who miss class excessively (a lack of studying also goes with this as well). Students are expected to attend class faithfully and to complete the required work on time. There will be penalties for late work. Students are allowed three (3) absences for any reason. From the fourth absence the final grade will be lowered one full grade for each absence. There are no excused absences, except according to University regulations. There are no make-up exams.

EXCUSED ABSENCES These are defined by the University:

Please note that "documentation" refers to a letter on official stationary from the doctor or supervisor involved.

Please note that excused absences do not include car trouble, having to pick up someone at the airport, court appearances, or errands or happenings of such type. Such activities need to be taken from your 3-day maximum for absences.

Please note that excessive excused absences may cause the student to lose credit for the class. Students need to be present in the classroom--at the minimum level of participation--in order to be considered eligible to earn credit for the class.

Disability Assistance The University promotes equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accomodations in this course, please notify me and make an appointment immediately with the Disability Services Advisor. Please note that I will need a letter from her in order to accomodate your situation. Students with disabilities complete the same work as everyone else in the class. No recording devices may be used in class without their necessity being supported by the Disability Office.

Academic Honesty Students are assumed to be familiar with the University's policies on Academic Dishonesty. The instructor reserves the right to fail a student in the class for cheating, plagiarism, and other such dishonest activities. This will be done no matter whether the cheating was done on a quiz or a major paper. Please keep in mind that all such gradings are now required to be reported to the Student Conduct Committee.

Finally: Please note that the instructor does not believe, as did the Old Man of the Mountain, "Everything not forbidden is permitted." Common sense and mutual courtesy determine course and student conduct.


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Illustrations: (Top right) Michelangelo, Doni Madonna, ca. 1503.
 (Bottom left) Masaccio. Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
ca. 1427. Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.  	

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