DU1703 The Epoches of the Art History III: Early Modern Europe and the Invention of the artist

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/4/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Anna Jaegerová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D.
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Tue 8:00–9:40 K31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course provides a broadly chronological introduction to European art from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. This is a dynamic period in which artists not only meet the challenges raised by bouts of religious and political iconoclasm, but also respond to the transformation of the European world through the impact of scientific discourse and encounters with previously unknown cultures. Introducing a variety of art-historical practices, it will not only focus on a range of significant individuals and major artistic works, but also on thematic issues such as artistic institutions, the rise of exhibitions and the relationship between art and the contexts of its production. It will consider works from a number of European traditions, seeking to examine their individuality but also the links between them.
The course seeks to provide a sound introductory understanding of significant processes, themes and individuals involved in artistic production in 15th-19th century. It aims to introduce students to key works produced by significant artists and to enable them to distinguish the particularities of such works. It also seeks to explain the differing professional contexts in which artists worked and the impact on them of events of the time. It will use a variety of art-historical methods to introduce students to the range of approaches in the discipline.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, the students should:
- have gained a broad chronological understanding of the development of art production and consumption during this period;
- be acquainted with a group of major works of art produced during this period;
- be able to reflect upon these objects in their historical context;
- be able to assess some of the ways in which art was used and consumed by patrons, both individual and institutional;
- be aware of different approaches to art, and be able to reflect critically upon these different approaches.
Students will have been given the opportunity to develop their visual recognition, iconographical skills and visual analysis.
  • 1. Birth of the artist
  • 2. Antiquity and the ideal
  • 3. From workshop to academy of art
  • 4. Theory vs practise
  • 5. Court, cloister, city
  • 6. Devotion and emotion
  • 7. Ephemerality and memory
  • 8. Propaganda
  • 9. Ceremonial
  • 10. Hierarchy of the genres
  • 11. Age of Revolutions
    required literature
  • Baroko : architektura, sochařství, malířství. Edited by Rolf Toman, Translated by Dagmar Lieblová - Miroslava Naumannová - M. 2., upr. vyd. [Praha]: Slovart, 2007. 500 s. ISBN 9788072097715. info
  • Umění italské renesance : architektura, sochařství, malířství, kresba. Edited by Rolf Toman. 2. české vyd. [Praha]: Slovart, 2000. 464 s. ISBN 8072092529. info
    not specified
  • CHASTEL, André. Vyplenění Říma : od manýrismu k protireformaci. Translated by Ivo Lukáš. Vyd. 1. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2003. 303 s. ISBN 8086598500. info
  • EISENMAN, Stephen and Thomas E. CROW. Nineteenth century art : a critical history. New ed. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002. 428 s. ISBN 0500283354. info
  • CRASKE, Matthew. Art in Europe, 1700-1830 : a history of the visual arts in an era of unprecedented urban economic growth. 1st publ. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. 320 s. ISBN 0192842463. info
  • KAUFMANN, Thomas DaCosta. Court, cloister, and city : the art and culture of Central Europe, 1450-1800. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995. 576 s. ISBN 0226427307. info
  • HASKELL, Francis and Nicholas PENNY. Taste and the antique : the lure of classical sculpture 1500-1900. 4th print. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. xvi, 376. ISBN 0300029136. info
  • FREEDBERG, David. The power of images : studies in the history and theory of response. Pbk. ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. xxv, 534. ISBN 0226261468. info
  • BAXANDALL, Michael. Painting and experience in fifteenth century Italy : a primer in the social history of pictorial style. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. 183 s. ISBN 019282144X. info
  • CROW, Thomas E. Painters and public life in Eighteenth-Century Paris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985. 290 s. ISBN 0300037643. info
  • HASKELL, Francis. Patrons and painters : a study in the relations between Italian art and society in the age of the Baroque. Rev. and enlarged ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. xviii, 474. ISBN 0300025408. info
  • GOMBRICH, E. H. Symbolic images : studies in the art of the Renaissance. Second edition. Oxford: Phaidon, 1978. viii, 247. ISBN 0714818313. info
  • GOMBRICH, E. H. Norm and Form : studies in the art of the renaissance. Second edition. London: Phaidon, 1971. viii, 308. ISBN 0714814946. info
Teaching methods
1,5 hr lectures weekly over 12 weeks plus 5 x 1,5 hr tutoring weekly over 12 weeks.
Assessment methods
1 x 2000 word formative essay; 1 x 1 hour examination (100%)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět je povinný spolu s dalšími souvisejícími a navazujícími kurzy propedeutického roku: DU0106 Epochy dějin umění I DU0107 Epochy dějin umění II DU0109 Epochy dějin umění IV.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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