Introduction to the History of Art 1: Antiquity to Baroque

Module code: HA1312 (double module)

This module surveys the history of art from classical antiquity to the Dutch Golden Age. Across the module we will investigate why this 'canon' of great works and great artists (whether one accepts it or not) came to be. The history of western art, we shall see, is not an immutable narrative handed down to art historians, but one developed, challenged and changed by us, a set of sometimes competing histories which we may use or criticise as we investigate our materials.

This is a double-weighted module. Extended seminars and formatively-assessed group work will allow you to study the topics covered in HA1112 in greater depth and from different critical perspectives.

Learning

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 18 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of fieldwork
  • 254 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,000 words (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)