Survey of Western Art History 132

Renaissance to Contemporary

Spring, 2008

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Velasquez pic

Diego Velasquez.
Las Meninas. 1656.
Prado Museum, Madrid.

Course Description and Requirements
Schedule of Lectures
List of Monuments
On the Quizzes
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art Historians' Guide to the Movies
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
The National Gallery of Art

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Purpose of the Course: This is a survey of major monuments and trends in the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Western tradition covering the period from the Early Renaissance to the art of the Modern period. Students who attend lectures and study faithfully will have sufficient knowledge of the art of these periods to go on to more advanced courses.

500 Years of Women in Art A short introduction to at least half of this course.

REQUIRED Text: Gardner's Art Through the Ages, 12th edition, 2006. Edited by Kleiner and Mamiya. You may purchase either a new or the used copy.


How to Do Well in this Class: The history of art is a cumulative subject; the material cannot be crammed in an overnight session before the exam. Do the reading before coming to class; learn to take notes from the lectures; go over your notes and your reading periodically. Take advantage of the Web site! Take advantage of my office hours! Come and ask questions, check how you're doing, and so on. Visit local museums and galleries. Surf the Net for artists and related topics (more on that in class).

Students who enroll in this class are assumed to have read and understood the provisions on this Web site and the hard-copy syllabus concerning especially attendence, cheating, and comportment.

The Web Site: This is located at: You will need, and I hope, want to use this many times during the semester. So, get your account up and running if it isn't already.

Disabilities Services: The University promotes equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and need assistance in any part of the course, please notify me and make an appointment immediately with the Disability Resource Center. Please note that I will need a letter from the Disability Resource Center in order to accomodate your situation.

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 courtesy determine course and student conduct.


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