Fine Arts | Ancient to Medieval Art
A101 | 2030 | Van Voorhis
The format of this course consists of two 50 minute 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 remains. 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 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.
There is one paperback textbook for this course.
Understanding the material will be enhanced through the
availability of a digitized color image project available on the
campus web or by local home computers. Course requirements
include three 50 minute examinations, three 50 minute
examinations, three quizzes and a grade in discussion section
based on attendance, participation, and short quizzes.