This graduate seminar surveys the high points of art history and examines
aesthetic, historical, cultural, psychological, and other issues relating to art
history, from various critical perspectives. We will examine great works of art,
ranging from the highlights of ancient Stonehenge and Egypt, to the classical
era, on to the Renaissance, and beyond-to more modern masterpieces. We will also
study various critical approaches to these masterworks. This study requires
extensive reading and writing. There will be five
two-page response papers, chosen from among the weekly supplemental essay
readings.. After reading these essays and possibly
writing their responses to the readings,
ALL students will come to class prepared to
discuss the essays and, if they wrote a response paper, to
present their findings to classmates. In addition, there will be a research
paper, an individual presentation based on that research
paper, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Please
keep in mind that this is "Great Works in Art History," not a full art survey,
so we will not be studying ALL of art history, just the "Greatest Hits."|
First Assignment (We do have class on January 8, but
this assignment will be primarily discussed on the evening of
15): In Stokstad, study the Stonehenge on pp. 30-33 and then study
only the Mesopotamian material from pages 38-42, stopping at "In addition to
inventing cuneiform..."; also study p. 43. Then study about Egyptian
art on pp. 1 (intro.), 36-37, and then 48-61. In Calo,
paralleling the Stokstad material, read the "Introduction" on pages vii-ix and
then pages 1-12 (up to the paragraph that begins:
"Minoan Crete..."). You are required to type up
five response papers in regard to the Calo readings and/or other
essay handouts as they are assigned during the semester. If you choose,
this could be the first one.
Next Assignment (Jan. 22):
In Stokstad, first start with the box on p. 66, pp. 68-69
("Gandhara and Mathura Styles" and "Gupta Period")
and the big box on p. 71--all on the Buddha
; then study about Greece, as well as its "Spread" on
p. 87 and pages 95 ("The
Emergence of Greek Civilization")-123.
Finally, in the Calo text, study pages 15-23 (up to "Christ").
You will see that the Calo reading parallels the Stokstad assignment.
Assignment to be discussed on the evening of
Jan. 29: In Stokstad, read about Roman
and some of Early Christian art on pages 135-161
and then 166 (starting with "Early Christianity")-179 (stopping before the
last paragraph, "Christians required large numbers of books..."). In
Calo, read pp. 23 (starting with "Christ") - 34.
Response Papers: During the course of the semester,
you will be given assignments in Calo, as well as handouts of other essays.
For five of these assignments, you must write a
Response Paper, in which you thoughtfully respond to the ideas and
references in the assigned essay(s). I will provide
you with a good sample paper that a previous student did; of course, to
avoid "plagiarism," you must be careful not to copy any ideas or phrases,
etc., from this paper. Your response papers
must be typed, double-spaced, and from 1 1/2 to 2 pages long.
Each response paper must be handed in by class time on the night that the
assignment, to which you are responding, is due. They will not be
accepted later than that. This means that you do not have to write one
every week--but often enough to accumulate
five before the semester ends.
Research Paper: The Course Research Paper will be
on an approved topic relevant to the course theme, Great Works in Art
History. The length will be a bit shorter than in most of your other
graduate courses, because you are already doing additional writing with your
required five Response Papers. The paper length is 12 pages, typed and
double-spaced, with a 12-point font. Research Base: at least six
approved sources. MLA-style documentation with embedded footnotes and
a "Works Cited" page(s) are required.
Here are some
suggestions for your Research Paper topic. For example, writing about
a â€œperiod of artâ€ in general would be far too broad and unacceptable for a
graduate-level research paper. Graduate papers require original thought and
critical thinkingâ€”not a compilation of someone elseâ€™s ideas. Those six
minimum sources, for example, must be from professional books and
articlesâ€”no encyclopedias, simple biographies, or simple histories.
Your thesis must be narrow enough to do some in-depth research on.
Here are many examples of good Research Paper topics. If you like, you
may choose to use one of these many topics:
An Analysis of Representations of
A Comparative Analysis of the Depictions of David
A Comparative Analysis of the Depictions of Judith of Holfernes in the Art
of Gentileschi, Donatello, and Klimt
An Analysis of the Tomb of Pope Julius II
An Analysis of Raphaelâ€™s School of
Athens (or other Vatican Raphael frescoes from that series)
Japanese Influence in the Art of Mary Cassatt
An Analysis of the Dionysian Frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii
An Analysis and Explanation of the Depiction of Violence in the Art of
Depictions of Madness in the Art of Goya
Depictions of Madness in the Art of Gericault
Sexism in the Oriental Paintings of Delacroix
Artistic Innovations of the Amarna Period of Egyptian Art
Freudian Analysis of the Artwork of Edvard Munch
Evidence of Epilepsy in the Art of Van Gogh
The Influence of Camille Claudell on Rodin
The Influence of Dante Aligheri on Rodin
The Influence of Dante Aligheri on Dante Rossetti
Women and Surrealism
Bodyâ€™s Beauty vs. Soulâ€™s Beauty in the Art of D.G. Rossetti
Plagiarism: "It is expected that all borrowed material that
appears in any of your work will be appropriately documented to reflect that the
material belongs to someone else. Consult the MLA
Handbook for the appropriate form. Plagiarism is a
serious offense and will be treated as such. Plagiarism: The failure to cite
the use (including paraphrase) of some other personâ€™s words or IDEAS in your
work. Using someone elseâ€™s work without giving him or her credit is theft.
Words and ideas belong to the writer who created them. Should you plagiarize,
you will receive an â€˜Fâ€™ for the assignment and your case will be passed
along to academic affairs"
(Hall, Philosophy 5000 Syllabus).
Individual Presentations: The "Individual
Presentation" requirement in the syllabus will involve your presenting your
research and your own ideas that will be going into your Course Research Paper.
Each person's presentation should last 20-30 minutes. You will bring your
laptops for this and present Powerpoint slides, to illustrate your talk.
Among other sites, you can Google "Images," typing in the appropriate artist
and/or title of the art work. If you need help in putting together a
Powerpoint presentation, the HUB is happy to give you such help, and you should
also feel free to ask me.
Make-up Exams/Late Work: Make-up Exams and Late Work
are allowed only in exceptional, documentable cases, such as a note from the
doctor, that the professor deems justifiable.
Attendance and Participation: In a graduate art
history course, attendance is very important. This will count for half
of your attendance/participation grade. Participation is EXTREMELY
important in a graduate seminar like this one. The Participation
portion of the grade refers to adding relevantly and meaningfully to
our discussions with thoughtful comments and questions.