DU1701 Periods of Art History I: from Prehistory to po Trajan

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/4/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Dan-Vladimir Ivanovici, MA, PhD (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Kesner, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Dan-Vladimir Ivanovici, MA, PhD
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Thu 16:00–17:40 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 offers an overview of artistic production from prehistoric times to classical Greece; from cave paintings to the Greek revolution in art. Spanning over 30.000 years, the timeframe covers a number of civilisations, whose art is discussed in the socio-historic and religious context of the time. The concept of art and artist, the debates artistic production stirred with regards to human creativity and perception, as well as its role in human history are discussed.
Learning outcomes
The course will give students a map to the development of artistic forms and styles, from the earliest times to the Greek revolution. At the end, students will be able to identify a number of ancient civilisations through their art, and discuss the various socio-religious, and historic phenomena reflected in it.
  • Introduction. Prehistoric art. Mesopotamian art. Egyptian art. Hittite art. The Greek bronze age: the Cyclades and Mycene. Greek art: painting. Greek art: sculpture. Achaemenid art. Hellenistic art.
  • Pierre Briant, From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire, Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2002.
  • Trevor Bryce, Life and Society in the Hittite World, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Regine Schulz and Matthias Seidel (eds.) Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs, Cologne: Könemann, 1998.
  • Salvatore Settis, The Future of the ‘Classical’, Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2006.
  • R.R.R. Smith, Hellenistic Sculpture: A Handbook, London: Thames & Hudson, 1991.
  • Richard Neer, Greek Art and Archaeology c. 2500-c.150 BCE, Thames and Hudson 2012.
  • Joan Aruz, Ronald Wallenfels (eds.) Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Susan Alcock and Robert Osborne (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Classical Archaeology, 2nd ed., Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren, Art History, Ancient Art, Book 1, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • Jerome J. Pollitt, Art and Experience in Classical Greece, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972.
  • Jerome J. Pollitt, Art in the Hellenistic Age, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
  • Ernest H. Gombrich, The Story of Art, London: Phaidon Press, 2006.
  • John Boardman, Greek Sculpture: The Late Classical Period and Sculpture in Colonies and Overseas, London: Thames & Hudson, 1995.
  • Graham Shipley, The Greek World after Alexander, 323–30 B.C., New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • John Boardman, Greek Sculpture: The Classical Period: A Handbook, London: Thames & Hudson, 1985.
Teaching methods
The main teaching method is the discussion of artefacts. Videos, virtual tours, and 3D reconstructions of ancient settings will be used. If possible, museum visits will be organised.
Assessment methods
Oral examination of the materials discussed in class.
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 navazujícími kurzy propedeutického roku: DU0107 Epochy dějin umění II DU0108 Epochy dějin umění III DU0109 Epochy dějin umění IV součástí.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Pro studenty dějin umění "Completus" nebo "Maior", musí být přednáška absolvována v prním roce
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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