Fine Arts | Ancient to Medieval Art
A101 | 2088 | Kleinbauer
The format for this course consists of two 50 minutes lectures
and one 50 minute discussion section per week. During the
semester we will examine significant monuments and art objects
dating from around 4000 B.C. to 1400 A.D. The primary objective
of the course is to understand the civilizations of the important
periods of antiquity and the Middle Ages by means of an
examination of their visual material culture. For example, we
will learn what the pyramids and colossal sphinx tell us about
ancient Egyptian civilization, what the Acropolis and Parthenon
of Athens tell us about the high point of Greek civilization, and
what Gothic cathedrals with their sculptures and stained glass
windows tell us about the late Middle Ages and Christianity. We
will be taking a look not only at actual works of art but also
archaeology, religions, society, and literature and other salient
remains of culture. We will visit the I.U. Art Museum.
There is one textbook for this course. Handouts for the lectures
facilitate learning. Understanding the material will also be
enhanced through the availability of a digitized color image
project available on campus or by local home computers.
Course requirements include both three 50 minute examinations and
a grade in discussion section based on attendance, participation,
quizzes, and short written assignments.