ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
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online resourcesCornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage
READINGS are available through Cornell library's online course reserves and our course website. Please print these to bring to section. To access the readings on our website you will need to enter:
name : arth260
password : fragonard
LECTURES present both information and models for interpretation and analysis. Take careful notes and make sketches of the
SECTIONS are devoted to discussion of readings and analysis of visual material. Most weeks you will take a quiz and post comments to an online bulletin board. Section assignments will be posted on our website in advance. These will involve looking at images online or at the Johnson Museum. Attendance is required.
QUIZZES will be given most weeks in section on the works seen in lecture the week before or on terms, dates, maps, or readings.
PRELIM will be given on the last day of class. It will comprise essays (questions distributed in advance) and short-answer sections on important people or terms.
JOURNAL to be handed in at the end of each Unit should include complete lecture notes and sketches.
PAPERS will be due at the end of each unit.
ATTENDANCE is required at all lectures and section meetings. Missing 3 or more sections will result in failure of the course.
"S/U" Grades: You must earn at least a "C" on all papers and exams and participate fully in section and bulletin board discussion in order to receive an "S."
Take time to review images each week in STOKSTAD, AH , the readings, and on the course website. Use "Art History Interactive," the CD-ROM packaged with your textbook, to view images, make study sets, and quiz yourself. You can import images from our website to add to your own study sets. See instructions in STOKSTAD, pp. xvii-xx. Print out images from the website to make flashcards, or import them as an album to an iPod.
As you review images, test different art historical approaches (outlined in lecture and in D'ALLEVA, Look! Again: Art History and Critical Theory ) and think about the interpretations these could yield.
Try to answer these questions for each work:
* identify artist, subject, date, medium, and original location if in situ
* are its functions political, instructional, propagandistic, ... ?
* where and how would it have been seen and used?
* who would have had access to it? men and women? people of different classes, ages?
* how does it relate to other works we've discussed in class?