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Art in the West - 1800


Admission requirements

Similar to the admissions requirements for BA Arts, Media and Society.


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. Works of art discussed in Gardner will be analyzed from three different perspectives: cultural transfer and transmission, innovation and how these artworks communicated with contemporary audiences. The aim of the course is to show the connections between different periods and artistic developments. It covers 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.

Course Objectives

  • Students learn to analyze 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 cultural context.

  • Students learn to apply concepts such as innovation, cultural transfer and cultural transmission related to key works of art presented in the course materials

  • Students learn to be aware of the function of art, how it was interpreted by contemporaries and how it interacted with patrons and 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

  • Lecture Course

Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC = 140 hours

  • 26 hours: Lectures

  • 20 hours: Preparation of the lectures

  • 30 hours: preparation for mid-term paper

  • 42 hours: Preparation the final exam

  • 02 hours: final exam (for student that need to resit the exam: 2 hours)

140 hrs.

Assessment method

  • Take home examination, essay (midterm assignment): 40%

  • 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 essay on cultural transfer and innovation and for the final examination must be at least 6.0 at (= a pass).

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 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