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ART 1021 - Art History of the Western World I

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course traces the development of art and architecture in the west from the Paleolithic through the Gothic Periods - the art, architecture, philosophies, and traditions that continue to shape the modern western world. Students examine individual historical styles, techniques and ideological movements that have evolved in western art making, architecture and design.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or above, or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and assessment score placement in ENGL 1021  or completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. What is the study of Art History?
  2. Visual analysis of an image: Actively Seeing
  3. Vocabulary common to Art and Design
  4. Early Art: Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Art, approx. 30,000-2,000 BCE The Art of Mesopotamia, approx. 3,500 BCE- 636 CE The Art of Ancient Egypt, approx. 3,000 BCE- 30 BCE The Art of the Prehistoric Aegean, approx. 3,000 BCE- 1200 BCE The Art of Ancient Greece, approx. 900 BCE-31 BCE The Art of the Etruscans, approx. 900 BCE-89 BCE The Art of Ancient Rome, approx. 753 BCE-337 CE The Art of Late Antiquity: The decline of Rome, approx. 29 CE-526CE The Art of Byzantium: Eastern Roman Empire, approx. 527 CE-1453 CE The Art of the Islamic World, approx. 600 CE-1600CE
  5. Early Medieval Art in the West, approx. 476 CE-1050CE Romanesque Art, approx. 1000 CE-1200CE Gothic Europe, approx. 1140 CE-1400CE Instructor may include other cultures of influence within these time periods if appropriate
  6. Romanesque Art, approx. 1000 CE-1200CE
  7. Gothic Europe, approx. 1140 CE-1400CE

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Trace the development of human art making, architecture and design from pre-history to the Gothic periods
  2. Recognize the cultural patterns of cause and effect as seen in stylistic changes in artwork
  3. Identify early civilizations using stylistic details, iconography, and unique artistic forms
  4. Identify cultures and societies through careful analysis of works of art, archeological artifacts, architecture, iconography, and visual language
  5. Use art and design vocabulary to describe works of art
  6. Compare and contrast architectural styles throughout history
  7. Compare and contrast artistic styles across cultures and throughout history
  8. Identify works of art and their influences

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