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Introduction to the visual arts, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Western world from prehistoric through Gothic.
William Mierse ()
Dates: May 19-June 13, 2014
This course is intended to introduce students to ways of thinking about the artworks produced in the ancient and medieval periods of western art (4000 BCE-1300 CE). During this 5000 year period most of the ideas that we associate with art were first developed to a high level. We learn the chronology of artistic developments and survey some of the important monuments that were created during that 5000 year period. We work at learning how to analyze the artworks, how to make them talk to a modern viewer in a way that respects the intentions of the artists who made the works.
We will spend part of very evening in lecture mode, but then we will watch videos, and discuss the ways in which we can approach these art works to make them speak to us in a meaningful and honest manner.
There will be two in-class examinations and an optional paper. Grades are based on the examinations, the optional paper, and participation. This is an excellent course for students who need to complete the fine arts or humanities distribution at UVM. It is a good course for studio majors who need to fulfill part of the art history requirement for the studio major. It is an easy course to transfer to other colleges and universities and so is suitable for students from other institutions. It also is a fine introduction to university-level courses and expectations for advanced high school students.
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