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Western Visual Arts and Architecture – 2000 Part II


Admission requirements

Similar to the admission requirements of the BA Art History.


This course is the continuation of the first-semester course Western Visual Arts and Architecture – 2000 part I. In these courses, students are presented with an overview of the art and architectural history of the “western” world until the early 21st century.

The course consists of two distinct modules. The first seven lectures constitute one module, titled “Micro and Macro Narratives in European Art, 1500-1800.” We will examine artifacts (paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, buildings, landscapes) in relation to their immediate contexts while also taking account of their larger global entanglements. A close reading of chapters 21-26 in Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. A Global History (16th edition) will provide the requisite foundation for further art historical study. At the same time, the course lectures will take aim at the soft underbelly of the “traditional” survey format, questioning its methodological assumptions and tracing its historiographical roots. Ideally, students will emerge from this class with a broader understanding of artistic developments in the early modern world and a nascent ability to understand and assess art historical narratives.

The second module, consisting of lectures 8-13, explores “Modern and Contemporary Architecture and Urban Design.” In order to address the questions that have animated design work in the past and to understand the issues that shape contemporary practice, lectures are organized around six themes: 1) The Spoils of War. 2) International Exhibitions. 3) Technological Innovations. 4) Manifestoes. 5) Competitions. 6) Revisionist Histories. By structuring the course content around a series of events, rather than individual masters, or stylistic schools, students will learn to see architecture as a product of composite effort and as a site of contention and compromise. The selected events bring multiple protagonists together in dialogue with broader social, economic and cultural forces, but our attention will remain firmly trained on the buildings shaped by these contexts.

Course objectives

  • Students gain experience in looking at and understanding art and architecture from the 16th century until the 21st century.

  • Students are able to recognize and date artworks that were made in this period.

  • Students know how to use literature about artworks in this period.

  • Students have insight in the functions of art and the relationship between patrons and artworks, based on visual analysis.

  • Students are familiar with academic approaches in art history for the interpretation of artworks in this time frame.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Assessment method


  • Final exam module 1: Micro and Macro Narratives in European Art, 1500-1800: written exam on the content of lectures 1-7 (mix of closed questions).

  • Final exam module 2: Modern and Contemporary Architecture and Urban Design: written exam on the content of lectures 7-12 (mix of closed questions).


  • Final exam module 1: 50%.

  • Final exam module 2: 50%.

The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). For both exams a mark below 6.0 is not allowed.


A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Module 1 utilizes Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. A Global History (16th edition).

  • The literature for module 2 will be posted and made available through Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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