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Introduction to Art History: France through the Ages

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Introduction to Art History: France through the Ages

<p>Over the centuries, France has played a leading role in the cultural life of Europe from the emergence of Roman and Gothic architecture to the rebellious Impressionists, creating masterpieces that

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Over the centuries, France has played a leading role in the cultural life of Europe from the emergence of Roman and Gothic architecture to the rebellious Impressionists, creating masterpieces that gave a new meaning to the concept of art. The art forms that will be reviewed are: painting, sculpture and architecture.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Architectural innovation and emergence of a new artistic trend: Medieval period (6th to 13th centuries): from Merovingian art to the emergence of Roman art.
  • Gothic art period (13th to 15th centuries): Technical innovation and revolution in Architecture.
  • Renaissance and Mannerism (15th – 17th centuries): The school of Fontainebleau , the Burgundy court and the elaborate construction of many of the ‘Loire chateaux’ and the majestic tapestries of “The Lady and the Unicorn”.
  • Baroque, Classicism and Rococco: The 17th and 18th coincide with the works of Rubens, Claude Lorrain and Poussin among others.
  • Neoclassicism and Romanticism (18th and 19th century): Two great masters: David and Ingres epitomized the time of the French Revolution. Delacroix will reaffirm the power of light and colour over design.
  • Realism and Impressionism (late 19th century): Gustave Courbet and Jean-Francois Millet sought to convey a truthful and objective vision of contemporary life. the artists, such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and, Auguste Renoir revolutionised Western conceptions of painting.
  • Post-Impressionism (late 19th and early 20th centuries): is a term used to describe the reaction in the 1880s against Impressionism. It was led by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat.
  • Contemporary Art (20th century): Francis Picabia and Marcel Duchamp. Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, George Braque.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Define the works of art for their historical value and in its historical context;
  2. Record the evolution of art through times;
  3. Recognise various scenes represented in art which include an understanding of iconography and symbolism;
  4. Follow a methodology to help read a work of arts in terms of lines, colours, and perspective;
  5. Identify art works for those planning to travel to the sites discussed in the course.