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APAH Syllabus 2nd 9 Weeks
Issues to explore in class discussion and written assignments in weeks ten - fifteen:
What impact did major historical events such as the Crusades, the Black Death, the spread of Islam,
and the expansion of navigation have on the European mindset and resulting art?
Why did the Renaissance happen? Why did it begin in Italy? Why was the epicenter in Florence?
Why do we hear so much about the Medicis?
What is HUMANISM and what caused its emergence? How can we see evidence of humanism in
European art and architecture produced during the 14th and 15th centuries? What impact does it have
on formal elements? How is it reflected in subject matter?
What effect does the emergence of art academies have on the history of art?
Why do we see so few female artists in this period?
What impact does the emergence of strong, centralized monarchies have on art and architectural
How do artists depict secular power and authority? How do these images differ from those
portraying religious power?
What impact did Popes Innocent VIII, Alexander VI, Julius II, and Leo X have on contemporary art
Why did Rome emerge as the center of European art in the 16th century?
In what ways is it accurate to call Michelangelo the first of the Mannerists?
What impact did the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and the sack of Rome in 1527 have on
the development of Mannerism?
Why did distinctly disproportionate body parts appeal to the Mannerists?
In what ways were the Mannerists attempting to distinguish themselves from the artists active from
1500 to 1520?
Why are the artists of Florence and Rome so much better known by the general public than those of
Venice? Is the work of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael inherently superior to that of
Giorgione and Titian?
What exactly distinguishes the Venetian style from Florentine and Roman art of the same period?
Week Ten: October 25-29: Early Renaissance
October 25: Virtue and Beauty, Ren Image of Ideal Woman, Smithsonian, Sep2001
October 26: Image Cards for test
October 27: Image Cards for test: Botticelli notes
October 28: Final Review—No reading quiz—practice questions
October 29: MAJOR TEST OVER EARLY RENAISSANCE
Week Eleven: November 1 - 5: Early Renaissance Architecture
November 1: Reading quiz over Early Renaissance Architecture,
November 2: Reading quiz over Roman Afterlives, on Brunelleschi,
November 3: QUIZ OVER EARLY RENAISSANCE
ARCHITECTURE (counts as FIVE daily grades!)
November 4: VIDEO QUIZ over the SECOND half of Michael Woods’ Art of the Western
World: THE EARLY RENAISSANCE at http://www.learner.org/resources/series1.html. Click on ‗VoD‘
to the right of the episode title. Watch ONLY the SECOND half!!!
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November 5: NO SCHOOL--READ "The Ghent Altarpiece: Jan van Eyck and His Patrons,"
H&F, 398-9; "Jan van Eyck's Annunciation" pamphlet from National Gallery, Wash DC, summer 94
Week Twelve: November 8 - 12: Northern Renaissance;
November 8: Reading quiz over Mittler, 15th c Art in Northern
November 9: Reading quiz over Mittler, 16th c Art in Northern
November 10: Reading quiz The World of Bosch, Smithsonian
November 11: Reading quiz over Grünewald, A Masterpiece Born
of St Anthony, Smithsonian, Sept99
November 12: 16th Century German and French art, Gardner‘s 668-679 (stop at ―The Netherlands‖)
Week Thirteen: November 15-19: Continue Northern Renaissance
November 15: Reading quiz over 16th Century Dutch Art, Gardner‘s 679-684 (Stop at ―Spain‖)
AND "The Uninvited Guest: Peter Bruegel," Krull, 20-23
November 16: Image Cards and Review AP Questions
November 17: MAJOR TEST OVER NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART
November 18: TAKE IMAGES PART OF NORTHERN RENAISSANCE EXAM
November 19: Reading quiz over "Leonardo da Vinci," Krull, 11-15; "Seeking Mona Lisa,"
Week Fourteen: November 22 - 23: Begin 16th Century
November 22: VIDEO QUIZ over the FIRST half of Michael Woods’ Art of the Western
World: THE HIGH RENAISSANCE at http://www.learner.org/resources/series1.html. Click on ‗VoD‘ to
the right of the episode title. Watch ONLY the FIRST half!!!
November 23: Reading quiz over the High Renaissance, Leonardo 613-6-18 and Raphael 629-632
Week Fifteen: November 29-December 3 Begin 16th Century
November 29: Reading quiz over Michelangelo and Laocoon –
The Ultimate Art History Whodunit AND "Michelangelo
Buonarroti," Krull 16-19 AND Michelangelo, Tell Me O Soul
November 30: Reading quiz over Michelangelo, Gardner‘s, 620-
627 (Start at ―Novel and Lofty Things‖)
December 1: Reading quiz over VIDEO QUIZ over the
SECOND half of Michael Woods’ Art of the Western World:
THE HIGH RENAISSANCE at
http://www.learner.org/resources/series1.html. Click on ‗VoD‘ to the right
of the episode title. Watch ONLY the SECOND half!!!
December 2: Venetian Painting, Gardner‘s 638-647 (Stop at ―Other 16th Century Italian Artists
December 3: Possible Field Trip to OKC Museum of Art
Week Sixteen: December 6 - December 10: Continue 16th Century
December 6: Reading quiz over ―A Life of Genius‖ on Anguissola, Smithsonian, May 1995;
excerpt from Chadwick, excerpt from Krull
December 7: Reading quiz over Women in the Renaissance Art World and Mannerism, Gardner‘s,
647-652; 655-6-58 (Stop at ―Sculpture‖)
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December 8: ―The Genius of El Greco‖ AND ―Toledo—El Greco‘s Spain Lives On,‖ National
Geographic, June 1982
December 9: Quiz over images/ Image Cards Review
December 10: MAJOR TEST: 16TH CENTURY ART
Issues to explore in class discussion and written assignments during weeks 17 - 19:
What is the impact of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter Reformation on
European art and architecture? How do they influence artistic patronage? How do they shape
attitudes of the general public toward art? What impact do they have on both the content and form
of the works artists produce?
What impact does the Scientific Revolution have on the art of Europe in the seventeenth and early
Gardner's discusses 17th century art in the context of fascination with "matter in motion through
time, space, and light." How do we see evidence of that fascination in the art and architecture of the
How is art affected by the growing popularity of theater and opera? How do artists incorporate
theatricality into painting and sculpture?
How can we account for the artistic explosion in the Dutch Netherlands during the 17th century?
Why does the center of artistic influence begin to shift from Rome toward Western Europe and
What is the effect on artistic production of the rise of absolute monarchs, such as Louis XIV?
How do the works of Baroque artists reflect influences from the
Italian Renaissance or the Northern Renaissance?
Who are the rebels, the artistic groundbreakers, and what was their
Week Seventeen: December 13 - 17: Complete 16th Century; 16th -
Century Major Test, Begin Baroque
December 13: VIDEO QUIZ over the FIRST half of Michael
Woods’ Art of the Western World: REALMS OF LIGHT: THE
BAROQUE at http://www.learner.org/resources/series1.html. Click on
‗VoD‘ to the right of the episode title. Watch ONLY the FIRST
December 14: Adams: "The Baroque Style in Western Europe," 333; "Bernini," "Caravaggio,"
"Gentileschi," 342-349; Saint Theresa of Avila, Life
December 15: Caravaggio, Smithsonian, March 2007
December 16: FINALS
December 17: FINALS
Reading and Viewing over the break:
Artemisia's Moment, Smithsonian, May 2002 AND Artemisia, on being cheated
the SECOND half of Michael Woods’ Art of the Western World: REALMS OF LIGHT:
THE BAROQUE at http://www.learner.org/resources/series1.html. Click on ‗VoD‘ to the right of the
episode title. Watch ONLY the SECOND half!!!
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All the fun stuff you wish we had time to do in class but don't
All year long, we will gather for FOOD and Art History coolness on WEDNESDAYS. Each session
you attend for at least 35 minutes earns you allows you to drop a reading quiz grade.
Tableaux Vivants = a type of performance art in which you and your group and ―act out‖ pieces of art.
I photograph your performance and compile those into a PowerPoint presentation for you to keep at the
end of the year.
11/3: Tableaux Vivants over Early and Northern Renaissance (or
Jeopardy over Northern Ren)
11/10: Coloring! Create your own caricatures of the Mona Lisa.
11/17: Jeopardy over the 16th century
12/1: Charades! 16th century
12/8: Tableaux Vivants over High Ren, Venetian Style, and Mannerism