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Introduction to Art History I

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Jitka Šosová
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INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY

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Jitka Šosová

1.

Representation of Wealth: art often seems to be an idealistic realm. But what can we learn if

we start asking who paid for the artworks?

? Establishing chronology and terminology of art history

? Introducing the notion of function ? not only what the piece meant in terms of iconography

but also what it did and it affected its audience

? Establishing the difference between authorial intent and interpretation of the audience (and

the legitimacy of the latter)

? Establishing the difference between the representation via used materials and via depicted

items

2.

Representation of Religion: throughout history, religion functioned as a social glue, and one of

its most critical allies was fine art. But how did it work in different ages?

? Establishing chronology and terminology of art history

? Introducing the notion of function ? not only what the piece meant in terms of iconography

but also what it did and it affected its audience

? Establishing the difference between authorial intent and interpretation of the audience (and

the legitimacy of the latter)

? Describing changing sensibilities and conventions of rituals and subsequently, of artistic

production

3.

Representation of Intellect: at a certain point, being smart became a celebrated quality ? at

least for some people. But how can intelligence be translated into images?

? Establishing chronology and terminology of art history

? Introducing the notion of function ? not only what the piece meant in terms of iconography

but also what it did and it affected its audience

? Establishing the difference between authorial intent and interpretation of the audience (and

the legitimacy of the latter)

4.

Representation of Power: how the powerfull intended to convey their possition to the ruled?

Can representation affect the world and actually be an useful tool of policy?

? Establishing chronology and terminology of art history

? Introducing the notion of function ? not only what the piece meant in terms of iconography

but also what it did and it affected its audience

? Establishing the difference between authorial intent and interpretation of the audience (and

the legitimacy of the latter)

5.

Academy is the watchword: who was included and excluded from the art world and what it

meant for the fine art itself?

? Women artists

? Courbet and his ?crude and primitive? paintings

6.

The beauty of the past: what happens if the world seems too fast and ceaselessly changing?

? Pseudo-Historical styles

? Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

? Arts and Craft

7.

The Form of Homeland: How to visualize a nation in the 19th century?

? Landscape painting and its role in defining the ?national character. ?

? Personification of a nation and people

? French Neo-Classicism, German Gothic Revival

8.

Meeting the Other: Japanese and African cultures through European eyes

? Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec)

? Japonisme

? Art Nouveau

9.

The question of ?mimesis?: how to judge the quality of a piece of art? And what changed

when the photograph was introduced as an alternative to painting in representing the reality?

? Impressionism

? Early photography

? Abstract Art (Wassily Kandinsky and František Kupka)

10.

Visit to the National Gallery Prague I. The Long Century: the permanent exhibit of 19th

century

11.

The question of truthfulness: what happens when the construction of perspective is recognized

as precisely that ? merely one among many possible constructs that should help grasp reality?

Disregarding illusion, how else could be established a link between the world and an image?

? Cubism

? New Vision in Photography

? Abstract Expressionism

12.

The question of social change: what happens when a piece of art is understood only as an

instrument to achieve change within society? What are the differences when the function is

promoted and expected by the state and by private individuals?

? Constructivism and Productivism

? Glass Chain Group

? Institutional Critique

List of possible choices for your presentation:

Carravaggio, Self-Portrait as Sick Bacchus, c. 1593-1594

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes, c. 1620

Raphael, Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, 1510

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Birth of Venus, 1979

Théodore Géricault, The Raft of Medusa, 1818-1819

Georges Braque, Bottle and Fishes, 1910-1912

Hannah Höch, Cut With the Kitchen Knife Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in

Germany, 1919-1920

Vladimir Tatlin, Monument to the Third International, 1919-1920

Kazimir Malevich, White on White, 1917-1918

Jackson Pollock, Full Fathom Five, 1947

František Kupka, Cosmic Spring, 1911

Toyen, Fright, 1937

Julia Margaret Cameron, The Madonna Penserosa, 1864

Marcel Duchamp,

Yves Klein, Le Vide, 1958

James Turrell, Roden Crater, since 1977

Ana Mendieta, Silhouetas Series, 19756

Richard Serra, Berlin Junction (Memorial to the Nazi T4 Program), 1988

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