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HAU11005 Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture I

This module offers a survey of art and architecture up to the end of seventeenth century, with a focus primarily, although not exclusively, on the Western world. It provides an introduction to the critical analysis of artworks, including painting, mosaic, fine metalwork, manuscripts, sculpture and building types.
  • Module Organisers:
    • Team taught
  • Duration:
    • Semester 1
  • Contact Hours:
    • 3 lectures per week
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • Course work and an end of semester examination.
  • Course open to:
    [M=mandatory; O= optional]
    • Single Honors (M), Joint Honors (M), Columbia dual degree (M), Ancient and Medieval History and Culture (M), Art History as a minor (M), visiting (O); open module (O)

The module considers such matters as the iconography of major religious and mythological subjects, issues of style and the functions of works of art and architecture. Art works are considered in the context of influential factors such as historical period, geographic location, inter-cultural influences and the prevailing social, political and religious environments.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • outline the chronology and main evolutionary stages in European art and architecture and the cultural influences on it up to the end of the seventeenth century
  • identify the major works of selected artists and architects during the period, their subject matter and key stylistic characteristics
  • discriminate between major building types and the design issues that arise in the different phases of European architecture
  • explain, using appropriate vocabulary, the typology and functions of visual art and imagery, broadly defined, at key historical points over the period
  • Discuss the works of art, architecture, plans and elevations covered in the module using correct terminology