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This course surveys two basic themes of art within Western Civilization: passion and pain. Artists through the ages have portrayed basic stories, drawn from myth, religion, and history, that show people both in love and in torment. These stories reflect the concerns of the past, while they often resonate with us today and provide a foundation of a common culture. Drawing especially on the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions, we will provide a basis for appreciating art, its changing styles and techniques, and ourselves.
This course requires the ability to listen, discuss, read and write in English at the college level. Students will evaluate both primary and secondary sources. While no course prerequisites are required, a familiarity with European history and culture would be helpful.
All topics and assignments on the schedule are tentative; the instructor may change them at his discretion.
|DATES||TOPIC||READING ASSIGNMENTS||USEFUL LINKS||WORK and EXAMS|
|Looking at Art in History|
|The Hebrews: Creation; Abraham; Samson||NRSV: Genesis 1-3; 18-22; Judges 14-16||Catholic Encyclopedia|
|The Hebrews: David, Judith, Susannah||NRSV: I Samuel 16-31, II Samuel 1-24; Judith; Susanna|
|The Life of Jesus||NRSV: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John|
|The Death of Jesus|
|Saints and Martyrs: Paul; Lawrence; Sebastian; George; Anthony; Jerome; Agatha; Agnes; Barbara; Catherine; Lucia; Margaret||NRSV: Acts 8-9; Golden Legend||Patron Saints Index|
|Midterm Exam||Midterm EXAM June 9|
|The Classical Gods: Jupiter and Antiope, Callisto, Europa, DanaŽ, Ganymede, Leda, Io, Semele||Ovid, Metamorphoses (use index to find the stories)|
|The Classical Gods: Apollo; Diana; Venus, Cupid; Graces||Ovid, Metamorphoses (use index to find the stories)||Church Analysis Due|
|Greco-Roman Heroes/Heroines: Pygmalion; Proserpina; Theseus, Perseus, Hercules||Ovid, Metamorphoses (use index to find the stories)|
|Greco-Roman Heroes/Heroines: Socrates; Troy; Lucretia; Caesar; Cleopatra||Ovid, Metamorphoses (use index to find the stories)|
|Historical Tragedy: Pain; War; Death|
|Historical Comedy: Love; Marriage; Family||Story of a Story Due|
|Other stuff and Review|
|FINAL EXAM||Final EXAM July 7|
The required readings are intended both to provide you with important factual and background information before class and to be used as review and reference works afterwards. Before class, you will read the chapters or pages assigned according to the class schedule, section 4. Not all topics in the books will be covered in class, but you are responsible for them on the exam and in class discussion.
The instructor may give quizzes to test your reading and comprehension.
You earn your grade through work done for this course.
For more information see your Student Handbook and the following grading policy. For your protection, in case of errors in recording, you should keep copies of all exams and assignments until you have received notice of your grade. Any and all materials done for this course may become the property of the professor, who may use them for assessment, evaluative, scholarly, or research purposes.
Your final grade will be based on a percentage (above 90%=A, 80%=B, etc.) of the sum of the following points: 10-20 for each quiz or in-class discussion/project and paper evaluation; 50 for your WebCT quizzes and exercises; 100 each for your two written assignments or projects; 75 for the midterm exam, 100 for the final exam; and 100 for your class participation and attendance.
Participation and attendance are necessary because lecture and discussion provide the essentials for achieving class goals and objectives. Thus a portion of your grade (about 15%) will depend on your in-class performance. You are required to attend each class, arrive on time, remain attentive, respond to questions, ask questions and participate in any in-class projects. Any classes missed by the instructor must be rescheduled.
Lectures may be recorded with the instructor's permission, although the tapes must be erased after the exams.
The instructor will regularly take attendance. A student's grade will be reduced by 1/2 letter for each full week of class missed. Any student who misses three or more classes will automatically flunk. Consult policies in your student handbook. Absences due to college activities, emergency or extended illness may be excused by the appropriate college official, but extra work must be completed to make up for the absence, as determined by the instructor. After any absence, see the instructor as soon as possible. You are responsible for making up missed work, requesting hand-outs and already returned assignments, or borrowing notes from other students.
All students who have a learning disability, physical handicap and/or any other possible impediment to class participation and requirements should schedule an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss available accommodations.
If at some point during the semester you must discontinue the course, due to poor performance, illness or some other cause, be sure to follow proper procedures for withdrawal.
Be aware of the academic honesty policy concerning cheating and plagiarism, and your moral, ethical and legal obligation only to submit work completed by you yourself.
For more information see, URL: <http://departments.kings.edu/history/honesty.html>.
You will take one mid-term exam and a final exam, which is comprehensive, as scheduled.
Both exams will consist of short identifications quizzing knowledge of detail and significance, and essays testing your understanding of the course material through logical presentation of facts and explanation of historical, cultural and artistic trends.
To study for the exams you should regularly, at least once a week, review your class notes, especially for identifications drawn from the overhead outline. You should also compare and contrast these notes with your textbook and other readings.
Only paper from the instructor is to be used. Please write legibly, in ink. Note the academic honesty policy.
Regularly through the term we will have in-class discussions and projects. You are required to have read before class the appropriate material (as listed on the class schedule, section 4, or otherwise assigned by the instructor) and be prepared to discuss and write about it with the instructor or in small groups.
You will be evaluated by short quizzes or written reports done in-class or after class, worth between 10 and 20 points each.
Various exercises and short review quizzes may be available on WebCT. You are to use them for study and
I. Art Queries
You are to answer the following questions about one relevant work of art per week. (20 pts. each, total of 120 pts.). Due Monday or Wednesday of weeks 2 through 7. Be sure to follow procedures concerning Format, Quotes and Citation.
Examining art works helps you understand the artistic achievement, and the culture better. In this exercise you will watch closely, analyze images, read carefully, organize your thoughts, and present them in clear written and verbal forms, and so develop observational and critical skills.
2. How does it look?
3. What is the context?
C. Original setting
4. How good is it?
II. Church Analysis
You are to write a 2000 word essay in which you critically research and analyze the artistic program of a Viennese church. (100 pts.). Due June 16. Be sure to follow procedures concerning Format, Quotes and Citation
Churches are basic to the history and the artistic heritage of Western Civilization. This paper provides you the opportunity to study in greater detail one church and how it integrates art into its religious program. In this exercise you will watch closely, analyze images, read carefully, assess opinions, organize your thoughts, present them in a clear written form, and so better understand the connection between art and organized religion.
III. The story of a story
You are to write a 2000 word essay in which you critically research and analyze the historical development of a basic Western story. (100 pts.). Due June 30. Be sure to follow procedures concerning Format, Quotes and Citation
This course focuses on basic stories of Western Civilization. This paper provides you the opportunity to study in greater detail one of the artistic themes and how it develops over time. In this exercise you will watch closely, analyze images, read carefully, assess opinions, organize your thoughts, present them in a clear written form, and so better understand a cultural theme.
Meeting due dates are an important aspect of written assignments. Papers should be handed in to the instructor, by you yourself, at the beginning of class on the dates assigned (see class schedule, section VIII). Unless special arrangements have been made, no late papers or assignments will be accepted, which means no credit (zero).
WebCT course components
Christian History Websites
The Catholic Encyclopedia <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/>
Patron Saints Index <http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm>
Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend (Aurea Legenda), Englished by William Caxton, modernized by F.S. Ellis. Medieval Sourcebook. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/goldenlegend/>
Classical Mythology Websites
The Perseus Project <http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/>
Kirke, Ovid im WWW <http://www.kirke.hu-berlin.de/ovid/start.html#rez>
Encyclopedia Mythica <http://www.pantheon.org/>
Hans-Juergen Gunther, P. OVIDI NASONIS METAMORPHOSES
ILLUSTRATIONIBUS PRAECLARIS AUCTAE <http://www.latein-pagina.de/index.html>
A. S. Kline, trans., Ovid's Metamorphoses, <http://www.tkline.freeserve.co.uk/Webworks/Website/Ovhome.htm>
Larry A. Brown, Ovid's Metamorphoses <http://larryavisbrown.homestead.com/files/xeno.ovid1.htm>
University of Virginia, The Ovid Collection <http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/latin/ovid/>
Mark Harden's Artchive <http://www.artchive.com>
Olga's Gallery <http://www.abcgallery.com/index.html>
Vatican Museums <http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html>
Virtual Museum of Totalitarian Art <http://members.telering.at/pat/museum.htm>
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