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Art in the West - 1800


Admission requirements

Usual requirements for BA Art History


This series of lectures covers the visual arts and architecture from the times of the Romans to the French Revolution.The focus will be on the impact of art on society and of society on art. There will be lectures on Roman architecture and sculpture, art, religion and society during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque in Italy, and the Netherlands during the 17th century with special attention to aspects of style, iconography, and the interaction between works of art and contemporary viewers. The course covers Romanesque and Gothic architecture, The International Style and the Flemish Primitives, the visual arts in Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries, Rome in the 17th century and the Dutch Golden Age. We will focus on artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Rafael, but also on Bernini, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt. In four seprate tutorials key art historical publications on various subjects will be critically analyzed in small groups.

Course Objectives

  • Students learn to analyse and understand works of art from Antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century.

  • Students learn to recognize and date the most important works of art from this period.

  • Students learn to analyze the characteristics of different styles in different periods

  • Students learn to put works of art in their social context.

  • Students learn to be aware of the function of art and the relationship between works of art and patrons and the impact it has on contemporary viewers.

  • Students learn to develop a critical attitude towards the art historical literature concerning this period.


See the timetable of the AMS website

Mode of instruction

Keuze uit:

  • Lecture Course

Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC = 140 hours

  • 36 hours: Lectures

  • 04 hours: Extra tutorials

  • 40 hours: Preparation of the lectures

  • 56 hours: Preparation exam and assignment

  • 04 hours: Midterm and final exam

140 hrs.

Assessment method

  • Tutorial assignments: 20%

  • Take home examination, essay (mid term assignment): 20%

  • Written examination with essay questions: 60%

The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 at (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.

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.

Exam review
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 be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Course material: literature for the tutorials and other reading material

  • PowerPoints of the lectures

  • Sample questions


  • Fred S. Kleiner. Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Global History (15th edition, International Edition). Belmont: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2016. [ISBN-13: 9781285754994 / ISBN-10:1285754999]

  • Chapters will be announced on blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

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Dr. M.E.W. (Marion) Boers-Goosens