History of Greek and Roman Art
August 24 : Introductory Class
August 31: I need to take my daughter to college today so I will not be holding class. Instead I would like you to watch two videos from series How Art Made the World. The first is entitled More Human than Human and the other is The Art of Persuasion. You can view streaming versions of these videos through the college webpage. The should be accessible off of the linked page. To document that you viewed these videos, write at most a one page abstract for these two videos. Submit this abstract on September 7.
September 7: Review images of Minoan and Mycenaean Art. Read Pedley, 45-101.
September 14: Geometric and Orientalizing Periods. Read Pedley, 103-145. Review images on pages dedicated to Geometric Vase Painting, Geometric Architecture, and Geometric Sculpture. In considering the vases, try to articulate evidence for the development of the vases. For the Orientalizing period, consider the pages dedicated to Vase Painting, Architecture, Greek Orders and Parts of the Temple, and Sculpture. Read the excerpt from Homer's Odyssey and use it to try to articulate attitudes during the Orientalizing period.
Wednesday, September 28: Pedley, pp. 147-189. Archaic Art I: we will examine the creation of monumental stone sculpture in the form of the nude, standing male figure, the Kouros (pl. kouroi) and the femal counterpart, the kore figure. Review webpages entitled Archaic Sculpture, and Archaic Sculpture II: Kore. Time permitting we will turn to Archaic Architecture.
Wednesday, October 5: Read Pedley, pp. 189-205: Archaic Art II: a principal focus of the class will be the development of Archaic Greek Vase Painting. Read Pedley, pp. 207-247: Early Classical Art: the focus of the class will be on the radical transformation of the human figure in Early Classical Art.
Wednesday, October 12: we will continue our discussion of Early Classical Art. Pay attention to vase painting, particularly the Niobid Krater. A major monument from this period is the Temple of Zeus of Olympia. We will also examine the Doryphoros of Polykleitos.
Wednesday, October 19: First Seminar: The Parthenon. Details of the seminar are explained on a page entitled Mid-Term Project: The Parthenon.
Wednesday, October 26: We will continue the seminar on the Parthenon, picking up with the architectural sculpture beginning with the metopes. We will return to the Doryphoros of Polykleitos, and then go on to look at later fifth century monuments in Athens with an emphasis on the Erechtheum. (Greek Words) Gallery of Images
Wednesday, November 9: in an attempt to catch up, I want to combine topics next week to include discussions of Greek Hellenistic and Roman Republican art. Consider the material included on the page dedicated to Hellenistic Art and read Pedley, pp.339-385. Also consider read the chapter on Roman Republican art in Ramage and Ramage, pp. 69-109. Look at the images and read the texts included on the webpage dedicated to Roman Republican portraiture.
November 16: Second Seminar: Art and Architecture of the Age of Augustus. Ramage and Ramage, 5th edition, pp. 111-143 (Chapter 3: Augustus and the Imperial Idea).
December 7: Your Second Seminar Paper is due. It should focus on an aspect of the Art and Architecture of the Age of Augustus.
Usually I like to have separate classes looking at Roman Architecture and Roman Imperial Sculpture. Instead I am intending to integrate our discussion of architecture and sculpture with a focus on some of the principal monuments: The Flavian Amphitheater (The Colosseum), the Arch of Titus, the Forum and Markets of Trajan, the Column of Trajan, and Hadrian's Pantheon. Review Ramage and Ramage for discussions of these monuments. For images you can consult my slide lists for the ARTH 109 class: Roman Architecture and Roman Imperial Sculpture. For an introduction to Roman Imperial iconography see the page dedicated to the Panels of Marcus Aurelius.