VA121 History of Art I

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
Tu- 9-10.50; Th. 9-10
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to


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Course Objectives This first, broad survey course aims to familiarize students with the history of the arts in Western and some non-Western cultures. It aims to develop student skills in observation, analysis and interpretation of historical forms and cultural layers.
Textbook Art History , Marilyn Stokstad, vol. I, (1-559 p.). Philip B. Meggs&Alston W. Purvis, Meggs' History of Graphic Design. New Jersey: John Wiel&Sons, Inc.2012 . Additional bibliography to be introduced during classes.
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Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognize style of periods from Antiquity through the middle Ages.
  2. Identify authors and artworks.
  3. Analyze and discuss major works of art from Antiquity through the middle Ages
Teaching Methods Lectures with slide and video presentations, museums and galleries visits combined with class discussion, analyses and exercises
Teaching Method Delivery Teaching Method Delivery Notes
Week 1 Introduction to the History of Art
Week 2 Prehistoric Art and the rise of civilization in the ancient Near East / Assyrian art and the art of Empire.Lecture, pp presentation, discussion Stokstad, p. 1-38, 39-47. Megg, pp. 6-14.
Week 3 Egyptian art in the Old Kingdom: Pharaohs and pyramids, Egyptian art in the Middle and New Kingdoms: Tradition and innovation Stokstad, p. 48-61, 62-79. Megg, pp.14-34.
Week 4 Aegean art in the Bronze Age (Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean): Palace and house / Geometric and Archaic art in ancient Greece: the body as vehicle of meaning / Classical Greek art: realism and idealization; Lecture and class discussion Stokstad, p. 80-99, 100-127. Megg, pp. 22-31.
Week 5 Classical art and the Parthenon / Late Classical and Hellenistic art: art and emotion / The Etruschans Stokstad, p. 128-168. Megg, pp. 22-31.
Week 6 Roman sculpture: “uomini famosi” / Roman art in the public domain: architecture / Roman painting and its domestic context Stokstad, p. 168-213. Megg, pp. 46-47.
Week 7 Late Antiquity / Ancient Greece, and Roman Art Stokstad, p. 168-213. Megg, pp. 46-47.
Week 8 Midterm Exam
Week 9 Early Christian and Jewish Art / Early Islamic Art. Stokstad, p. 216-233, 260-269. Megg, pp.58-61.
Week 10 Later Islamic Art / Ottoman urbanism and architectural heritage in Sarajevo. Stokstad, p. 270-289, 432-435. Megg, pp.58-61.
Week 11 Carolingian and Ottonian Art / Romanesque architecture: Pilgrimage and Monasticism Stockstad, p. 438-450, 472-488. Megg, pp.58-61.
Week 12 Romanesque sculpture / Romanesque painting: woman and spirituality / Byzantine Art Stockstad, p. 233-259. Megg, pp. 48-52. Megg, pp. 61-63.
Week 13 Paintings influenced by Byzantine style. Lecture, pp presentation, discussion Stockstad, p. 233-259. Megg, pp. 61-63.
Week 14 Gothic architecture and its spiritual dimension / Gothic sculpture / Gothic art and private devotion Stockstad, p. 490-527. Megg, pp. 61-63.
Week 15 Fourteenth Century Art In Europe Stockstad, p. 528-559.
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 35 1,2,3
Semester Evaluation Compenents
In-term / Midterm Exam 1 35 1,2,3
Assignments - Presentations 1 20 1,2,3
Activity 10 10 1,2,3
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Assignments Individual 4 15 60
In-term Exam Study 12 1 12 Final Exam Study 15 1 15
Term project / Presentation 9 2 18
        Total Workload Hours =
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit =
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 15/02/2021
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