The course concentrates on the history of art in Hungary in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, will give a glimpse into major art periods and various branches of fine and applied arts embedded into a context of social history. Besides prominent artists and work of arts, connection between folk‑popular‑elite culture, life style and environment, qualities of everyday life of various social classes will be discussed from the royal court through the nobility, urban middle classes down to the peasantry. Some samples out of the topics to be studied: competing representation of the dynasty and the nation; visions of historic past; romantic image of the people and the landscape; the search for national styles; “grand shows” of the late 19th century; remembrance and monuments; Vienna - Prague - Budapest - Zagreb
in the common Habsburg monarchy; trends of Art Nuevo; the avant-garde scene; urban planning and architecture; conservativism versus modernism; the imposition of Socialist Realism etc. The primary focus is on Hungary, but a wider European context is used as a tool for comparison.
(The course was designed for two-semesters. The first part in the fall semester followed the topic from the early middle ages to the end of the 17th century. Although students are encouraged to attend both semesters, participation in only a single semester is possible.)
5-6 pp paper with a PowerPoint presentation in class 20 %
10 ‑ 12 pp term paper 40%
In-class final paper (description of projected images, essay) 20 %
Seminar work: (class activity, reading reports, work with web sources) 20 %.