ARTS021 Art and Culture in Central Europe

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tomáš Dvořák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marta Filipová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zuzana Frantová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Ondřej Jakubec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Malý, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Denisa Nečasová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jiří Němec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Radka Nokkala Miltová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Matthew Rampley, B.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ing. Marcela Rusinko, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Martin Wihoda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Malý, Ph.D.
Department of History - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Hana Ambrožová
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Thu 18:00–19:40 D51
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The course presents fundamental themes relating to issues of cultural identity and cultural transmission in Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. For a considerable part of its history, Central Europe has been a place where many cultural influences and identities have met and clashed. This tendency was strengthened by the existence of a composite, multinational, multiconfessional and multicultural monarchy ruled by the Austrian Habsburgs. The specific features of this region will be presented through discussions relating to history and art history. The course is taught by 11 lecturers from Masaryk University’s Faculty of Arts – specialists in the individual epochs and issues under discussion.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 8/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
Course objectives
To present the most important aspects of Central European history from the Middle Ages to the 20th century with a focus on cultural identity and cultural transmission; to provide a detailed view of cultural, religious (confessional), national and political identities in a region which today covers Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Germany; to introduce an interdisciplinary dialogue between history and art history; to lead a discussion on how it is possible to understand cultural identities from the past and present.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand specific aspects of Central Europe as a distinctive cultural region; they will acquire a basic overview of Central European history from the 9th to the 20th century; they will be aware of the differences and points of contact between historiography and historiography of art.
  • Introduction: Central Europe as a region and concept
  • The Middle Ages:
  • I. Christianization of Central Europe
  • II. „National“ identity
  • Early modern history:
  • III. Reformation and Renaissance. Confessional cultures
  • IV. Post-Tridentine art and culture in the Composite monarchy: Spanish and Italian influences. Rudolf II. Italian communities in towns
  • V. The Baroque: Italian, French, Spanish and other influences in art and literature. The cultures of piety. Central Europe as a place of intersection, transition and translation
  • Modern and contemporary history:
  • I. Austria after 1848: An Empire without an Austria nation, but birthplace of nations and national cultures. Explained on the text of F. Palacký (The idea of the Austria state)
  • II. After 1918: The New Central Europe of national states. Explained on T. G. Masaryk as a democrat, statesman and philosopher between Czech, German, English and American thinking
  • III. Czech „national and social revolution“ afterWWII. The culture and art in the shadow of ethnic cleansing and expropriation
  • IV. Feminism and the gender cultures after 1950
  • V. A „socialist“ new Man, a „socialist“ artist
    recommended literature
  • Robert Bartlett, The Making of Europe. Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950–1350, London 1993.
  • Nora Berend, Przemyslaw Urbańczyk and Przemyslaw Wiszewski, Central Europe in the High Middle Ages. Bohemia, Hungary and Poland c. 900-c.1300, Cambridge 2013.
  • Art in the Czech Lands 800–2000, eds. Taťána Petrasová and Rostislav Švácha, Řevnice 2017.
  • Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Court, cloister, and city: the art and culture of Central Europe, 1450–1800, Chicago 1995.
  • RAMPLEY, Matthew, Markian PROKOPOVYCH and Nóra VESZPRÉMI. Liberalism, Nationalism and Design Reform in the Habsburg Empire : Museums of Design, Industry and the Applied Arts. First published. New York: Routledge, 2020. vii, 208. ISBN 9781003003625. info
  • FILIPOVÁ, Marta. Modernity, History, and Politics in Czech Art. první. New York: Routledge, 2020. 214 pp. Routledge Research in Art and Politics. ISBN 978-1-138-58566-9. doi:10.4324/9780429505140. stránka vydavatele info
  • FOLETTI, Ivan and Adrien PALLADINO. Inventing Medieval Czechoslovakia 1918–1968. Between Slavs, Germans, and Totalitarian Regimes. 1st ed. Brno; Rome: Masaryk University Press; Viella, 2019. 197 pp. Parva Convivia, sv. č. 6. ISBN 978-80-210-9478-9. info
  • Art beyond borders : artistic exchange in communist Europe (1945-1989). Edited by Jerôme Bazin - Pascal Dubourg Glatigny - Piotr Piotrowski. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2016. xii, 494. ISBN 9789633860830. info
  • JUDSON, Pieter M. The Habsburg empire : a new history. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap press of Harvard University press, 2016. xiii, 567. ISBN 9780674047761. info
  • A companion to Renaissance and Baroque art. Edited by Babette Bohn - James M. Saslow. Chichester, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. xvi, 630 p. ISBN 9781118391501. info
  • RAMPLEY, Matthew. The Vienna School of Art History: Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847-1918. Penn State University Press, 2013. 336 pp. ISBN 978-0-271-06158-0. info
  • CLEGG, Elizabeth. Art, design and architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1920. New Haven: Yale University, 2006. x, 305. ISBN 0300111207. info
  • The glory of the baroque in Bohemia : essays on art, culture and society in the 17th and 18th centuries. Edited by Vít Vlnas. In Prague: National Gallery, 2001. 355 s. ISBN 8070352655. info
  • SAYER, Derek. The coasts of Bohemia : a Czech history. Translated by Alena Sayer. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1998. xv, 442. ISBN 9780691050522. info
Teaching methods
Lectures with a subsequent discussion led by two specialists – a historian and an art historian – who will examine the specific topic from the perspective of their own discipline.
Assessment methods
Essay, discussion
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
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