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Steven E Bunn
ART H 202
Seattle Campus

Survey of Western Art-Medieval and Renaissance

Emphasizes the arts of the Byzantine Empire and Western Christendom from Late Antiquity to the High Renaissance.

Class description

This class examines major achievements in painting, sculpture, architecture and other art forms from the fourth century to the sixteenth century in Europe. Lectures include the emergence of Christian art during the late Roman empire; the arts of early Byzantinium, the Carolingians and the Ottonians; sculpture, architecture and luxury arts of the Romanesque and Gothic periods; artistic developments in Italy and the Low Countries in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; and painters and sculptors such as Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Hieronymus Bosch, and Albrecht Dürer.

Student learning goals

• recognize visual characteristics of major periods and styles of artistic activity, as well as those of individual artists

• become familiar with the societal, religious and political roots that influence art

• analyze and interpret art in writing and discussion

General method of instruction

Instruction consists of three lectures per week, and a smaller weekly discussion and quiz section led by a T.A.

Recommended preparation

General education.

Class assignments and grading

The textbook for this course is Gardner's Art Through the Ages, The Western Perspective, 13th edition. Please read assigned sections from this book before attending lecture or section.

See the course website at the bottom of this page for more information about the Textbook Options.

Note about textbooks: if you were previously enrolled in Art History 201 (fall 2009), and already have volume 1 of the textbook, you only need to buy Book C: Renaissance & Baroque. Everyone else should purchase the two book bundle that includes Book B:The Middle Ages and Book C: Renaissance & Baroque.

Sylvan Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing About Art, while not required, is strongly recommended for this class.

These books are available at the UW Bookstore.

Grading will be based on participation in section discussions, quizzes and short assignments; a short paper; and two exams: a midterm and a final.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Steven E Bunn
Date: 01/03/2010