Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 200 Art History Pre- to Renaissance

Summer 2014 - Session II

Art History I  FNAR 200


A Survey of Western Art from Prehistory to the Renaissance

Dr. Ioanna Kopsiafti ikopsiafti@gmail.com

Summer Session II 2014 Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 – 12:40

Office Hours: 2:00 – 4:00 Tue/Thurs and by appointment


Course Description:

This course is a survey of western art from prehistory to the Renaissance. It provides students with the fundamentals for understanding and appreciating the visual arts of these periods and the significance of leading figures and great masterpieces within a wider political and sociological context. The course examines the painting, sculpture and architecture of the classical tradition, its ‘renaissance’ and subsequent impact on Western Civilization. Lectures will be held on campus and onsite with visits to museums, churches and archaeological sites around the city.

(Note there will be entrance fees for the museums and sites we shall visit for our on-sight lectures aprox. 50.00 Euros)

Course Objectives:


The over-all purpose of this course is to encourage an appreciation of the visual arts and to foster an understanding of their historical significance within the cultural framework in which they were produced. During the lectures we will examine and discuss many works of art and learn to analyze them stylistically in order to gain an understanding of their form and content. In so doing students will become familiar with the vocabulary and theories of art as well as the history of art history.

By the end of this semester students will be able to:

  • identify and discuss works of art
  • compare and contrast works of art on the basis of their formal/stylistic attributes
  • understand the basic principles and concepts of Art History
  • apply theories of art for understanding and criticism of works of art
  • develop and use a vocabulary of art history
  • interpret the work by determining the story, the idea, the meaning of the artwork and evaluate
  • understand the cultural, iconographic, historic, political, religious or and social context and significance
  • develop an appreciation of the visual arts
  • achieve an understanding of the Classical Tradition as the basis for Western culture


30% Term paper/presentation

20% Midterm

30% Final

20% Journal


Course Requirements:

In order to successfully complete the course the student must:

  • Read all assigned material
  • Actively participate in class discussions, readings, and projects
  • Complete written assignment and oral presentation that demonstrate basic critical and research skills
  • Satisfactorily complete the midterm and final exams
  • Submit a journal with daily/weekly entries
  • Attend class regularly

Term Paper

Each student will choose a subject for a research paper either from a list of suggested topics or one they propose – subject to approval. The paper should be no less than 5 pages (normal margins, normal 12 font 1.5 space) and no more than 10. The paper should meet standards for documentation (footnotes and bibliography etc.) The expectation is that the research should represent information from a number of sources and that any direct borrowing of wording from these sources will be indicated by quotation marks and footnotes. On June 22nd students will present their term paper to the class in a power point presentation. Remember *plagiarism is the use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own without giving credit to the source, including but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. Give credit where credit is due. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the assignment.


For this class you will be required to keep a journal. This should include but is not limited to your experiences and thoughts regarding the subject matter of this class, our museum and onsite visits etc. You may include sketches, photographs etc. It is an important part of the course as will help you to better appreciate your experiences by reflecting upon them in your journal.

Final Exam

The exams will be based on readings, class lectures and onsite visits. It will be in four parts: Identification of works, short compare and contrast essays, multiple choice and essays. 

The final exam on July 25th 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Required text

·        Kleiner, Fred S., Mamiya, Christin J., Tansey, Richard G. Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective.



  • Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artists, trans. George Bull, 2 vols. (Penguin Books)
  • Heinrich Wölfflin, Classic Art (Phaidon Press)
  • Erwin Panofsky, Studies in Iconology (Harper & Row)
  • John Griffiths Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology (Prentice Hall)
  • S.J. Freedberg, Painting in Italy, 1500-1600 (Pelican History of Art: Yale University Press)
  • Martin Kemp, ed., Leonardo on Painting (Yale University Press)
  • Baxandall, Michael.   "Patterns of Intention." In The Art of Art History. Ed. Donald Preziosi, 52-61. Oxford, New York: (Oxford University Press)
  • Gombrich, Ernst. "Style" (1968). In The Art of Art History. Ed Donald Preziosi, 150-163. New York: (Oxford University Press)
  • Claridge, A., Rome: Oxford Archaeological Guide. (Oxford University Press)



Week One

July 1st Introduction to the Subjects and Vocabulary of Art History/The Art of the Ancient Near East/Egypt/The Art of Ancient Greece

July 3rd The Art of Ancient Rome Part I onsite lectures: Colosseum /Forum


Week Two

July 8th The Art of Ancient Rome Part II onsite lectures: The Capitoline Museum/Pantheon

July 10th Pagans, Christians, and Jews/The Art of Late Antiquity (onsite lectures: Church of San Clemente


Week Three:

July 15th Midterm Exam /Humanism and the Allure of Antiquity: High Renaissance in Italy Part I

July 17th onsite lecture: Vatican Museums, St. Peters Basilica


Week Four:

July 22rd Renaissance Part II(onsite lecture: Borghese Gallery)

July 24th Presentations / Review

July 25th Final Exam11: 30 am – 1:30 pm