History of Western Art 1

Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating inquiry into the major accomplishments of Western art (architecture, sculpture, painting and the minor arts) from prehistory to the fourteenth century. The sterile museum environment in which we find it today often shapes our perception of art, and past architecture is frequently viewed merely as romantic ruins disconnected from the modern world. However, both art and architecture were intimately integrated into every facet of the ancient and medieval person’s world, actively part of and used in daily life—and some of these artifacts and places continue to wield tremendous cultural influence today. With that in mind, we will contextually examine the great works of antiquity (including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome) through the emergence of Christianity and the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon…all will be addressed in order to better understand the complex context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course. Instead, we will depend on a collection of original source material and scholarly writings posted on the course web site. Read these in advance of class, with the expectation of participating in discussion. Visual materials for this course, along with your grades and pertinent announcements concerning class meetings and examinations are found at: http://courseweb.pitt.edu (also available through your My Pitt portal).

Syllabus: 

Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating inquiry into the major accomplishments of Western art (architecture, sculpture, painting and the minor arts) from prehistory to the fourteenth century. The sterile museum environment in which we find it today often shapes our perception of art, and past architecture is frequently viewed merely as romantic ruins disconnected from the modern world. However, both art and architecture were intimately integrated into every facet of the ancient and medieval person’s world, actively part of and used in daily life—and some of these artifacts and places continue to wield tremendous cultural influence today. With that in mind, we will contextually examine the great works of antiquity (including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome) through the emergence of Christianity and the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon…all will be addressed in order to better understand the complex context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course. Instead, we will depend on a collection of original source material and scholarly writings posted on the course web site. Read these in advance of class, with the expectation of participating in discussion. Visual materials for this course, along with your grades and pertinent announcements concerning class meetings and examinations are found at: http://courseweb.pitt.edu (also available through your My Pitt portal).

Syllabus: 

Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating inquiry into the major accomplishments of Western art (architecture, sculpture, painting and the minor arts) from prehistory to the fourteenth century. The sterile museum environment in which we find it today often shapes our perception of art, and past architecture is frequently viewed merely as romantic ruins disconnected from the modern world. However, both art and architecture were intimately integrated into every facet of the ancient and medieval person’s world, actively part of and used in daily life—and some of these artifacts and places continue to wield tremendous cultural influence today. With that in mind, we will contextually examine the great works of antiquity (including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome) through the emergence of Christianity and the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon…all will be addressed in order to better understand the complex context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course. Instead, we will depend on a collection of original source material and scholarly writings posted on the course web site. Read these in advance of class, with the expectation of participating in discussion. Visual materials for this course, along with your grades and pertinent announcements concerning class meetings and examinations are found at: http://courseweb.pitt.edu (also available through your My Pitt portal).

Syllabus: 

Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

none

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

none

Syllabus: 

Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

none

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2014

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

-Fred Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise History of Western Art, Second Edition (2010) ISBN-13: 978-1424069989

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

Recommended Textbook:
Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise History of Western Art (2010) ISBN-13: 978-1424069989

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2013

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

Fred Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise History of Western Art, Second Edition
(2010) ISBN-13: 978-1424069989

Syllabus: 
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