IA101-3-FY-CO:
Introduction to the History of Art in Western Europe: From Classical Greece to Impressionist France

The details
2019/20
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
10 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA V31B Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V350 Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV38 Art History and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV3B Art History and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V3RB Art History and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VR3B Art History with Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W408 Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW38 Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW3B Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA V359 Curatorial Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35B Curatorial Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module is designed as an introduction to the history of painting, sculpture and architecture in Western Europe. At the same time it will introduce students to a broad range of interpretations, theories and accounts of the way people think about art. The module is a general survey of art history in Western Europe, from the 4th century BC to the beginning of 20th century AD. As this is a very large time span, the module will focus on certain key concepts. Beginning with Greek civilization, which laid the foundations of our ideas of western art, the module will end with the revolutions in France which changed the way we look at art today.

Module aims

The module is planned to meet the following aims:

1. To introduce students to the academic discipline of Art History and Theory.

2. To introduce students the idea of looking at, critically analysing and discussing works of art.

3. To familiarise students with the major stylistic terms in art history.

4. To familiarise students with the various terms used when discussing works of art (e.g. fresco, engraving, perspective, chiaroscuro, etching, the orders, nave aisles, choir, rood screen etc.)

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module a student will demonstrate:



1. An ability to look at, critically analyse and discuss specific works of art

2. An understanding of the major stylistic periods in Art History (e.g. Classical, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Neo Classical, Romantic, etc.), their chronology and the different ideas related to each period.

3. An ability to use art historical terms accurately and appropriately

4. A familiarity with the key myths and stories, both pagan and Christian, which appear in western art.

5. Engage fully with the study of art history through the taking of lecture notes, participation in class discussion and the undertaking of independent study.

6. Analyse assignment questions, and research and construct a response using appropriate terminology, and in suitably academic register.

7. Analyse exam questions and formulate an appropriate response using appropriate terminology, and in suitably academic register.

8. Articulate independent opinions and judgements on the works being studied in order to present information to a wider audience.

9. Reference all reading sources correctly, and to construct an accompanying bibliography.

Module information

Syllabus

Ancient Greece: The Classical Ideal, the development and change of the ideal and the spread of classicism throughout the Roman Empire in Western Europe.
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp 75-124

Heavenly aspirations: Gothic Spiritualism in France and England.
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp171-221

Man is the Measure of all things: Renaissance Humanism in Tuscany and the Netherlands.
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp 223-243,247-252,287-323.

The City of Light and Colour: Venice.
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp 325-339

The Fantasy and Power of the Baroque versus Dutch Reality: Italy, France and Holland.
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp 387-403, 436-440 (The Baroque), 413-433 (Dutch Reality)

Enlightenment and Reason: The Rise of the Academy, France and England
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp 454-473

Revolution, Scandal and Change: A New Way Forward? England and France
Reading: Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art, pp 499-527


Assessment

Formative assessment
Students will be asked to prepare a draft essay in the Autumn Term. Additionally, in groups, students will be asked to prepare a short informal presentation on selected slides over the period of the Spring Term, to be delivered during class.

Summative assessment
A one-hour individual slide in-class test (20%)
A comparative essay 1,500 words (35%)
A project 2,000 words (45%)

Exam
End of year three-hour examination - The examination will consist of a written paper and the students will be expected to answer three questions.


Reassessment strategy

Failed Exam - Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with existing coursework mark to create a new module aggregate.

Failed Coursework - Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,500 words) which is re-aggregated with existing exam mark to create a new module aggregate. The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

Failed Exam and Coursework - Resit the exam and resubmit one piece of coursework (1,500 words) to be aggregated to create a new module aggregate.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will run over 22 weeks and will be delivered via a weekly two-hour lecture followed by a two-hour seminar. A field trip to London galleries will be an essential part of the module. Classroom-based teaching usually takes place in smaller groups than in the lecture. The class is always illustrated by slides. Students are encouraged to talk, ask questions and contribute to a general discussion.

The University of Essex is close to the countryside painted by the famous English painter, John Constable, and is ideally placed for students to take advantage of the world-class London galleries and museums. These will enable them to come to class fully prepared with comments and questions.


Learning support

In addition to the above, there is Internet access for research; video recording equipment; access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning material.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay 1,500 words 17/01/2020 35%
Coursework Project 2,000 words 13/03/2020 45%
Written Exam In-class test 20%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mandy Bannerman
Becky Humphreys (becky.humphreys@essex.ac.uk or 01206 872217)

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 132 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
132 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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