Art History: Early through Gothic

ART 250        Fall 2010


Instructor:                 Dr. Erika Lindgren

Phone:                       352-8201                  

Office hours:  W 7:45-8:45am, MF 12-1, and by appointment


Course Description and Goals


Slide lecture survey of western art from the earliest known artistic endeavors through the Gothic period (approximately 1350 CE).  Particular attention is given to cultural contexts from which these works emerge and the significance of these works historically and artistically.  Writing intensive.



Davies et al, Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition, 7th ed. (portable editions vol. 1 and 2)



There are 3 exams, 12 slide quizzes, 5 writing assignments, plus a final activity.


Readings- You are responsible for the readings assigned in this syllabus.  On the day that they are assigned you should complete them before class. Always bring the day’s/week’s reading to class. Taking notes on what you read, on your computer, in a notebook, or in the margins of the text, will assist you in summarizing and remembering the major points of the texts.  Despite its ease, highlighting is rarely helpful.   


Slide quizzes- There is a slide quiz for each chapter on My.Wartburg.  The closing time for the quiz is 9 am on the day we begin the next chapter.  Each student will sign a contract indicating that they will take all quizzes without help or assistance of any kind.


Exams- There will be 3 non-cumulative exams over the course of the semester.  The exams are primarily short answer and essay.


Papers- All papers will be submitted via email.  Please ensure that you have a patch for Microsoft

Paper 1- Description- 1-2 pages

Paper 2- Annotated Bibliography- 3 pages

Paper 3- Context- 3-4 pages

Paper 4- Comparison- 3-4 pages

Paper 5- Codicology - 2 pages


Late work will not be accepted unless prior arrangement has been made with the professor


Participation-While primarily a lecture class, there will be opportunities for students to ask and answer questions, as well as discuss issues raised by the course material.  Just being present does not count as participation.


Grading                                        points (1000 possible)

Exam 1                                               100

Exam 2                                               100

Exam 3                                               100

Paper 1                                               50

Paper 2                                               50

Paper 3                                               100

Paper 4                                               100

Paper 5                                               100

Slide quizzes                                      120

Final Activity                                     80

Participation                                      100


Attendance: Attendance is required.  If you miss more than 10% of the class meetings, your final course grade will be docked. If you fail to take any of the exams, or fail to turn in one of the writing assignments, you will receive a grade of F for the course. In the case of absence due to documented illness or documented participation in College-related activities, alternatives may be arranged.

Writing Intensive

This is a writing intensive course, which means that you will write at least 20 pages or 5,000 words and at least 40% of the course grade will be based on the writing component of the course. 


Special Needs

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from illegal discrimination for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Students requesting instructional accommodations due to disabilities must arrange for such accommodations by contacting Carla Coates, Pathways Associate for Testing and Disability Services, in the Pathways Center, located on the third floor of Vogel Library.  She may be reached by phone at ext. 8230 or by e-mail at


Honor Code/Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the representation of the work or ideas of others as your own.  Plagiarism can result from failing to cite a source, giving sufficient credit to the original authors, closely paraphrasing without attribution, and direct copying.  The Academic Policies Committee of Student Senate and the Honor Council have asked faculty to remind students that “[a]s a matter of personal commitment, students, faculty, and staff of Wartburg College are expected to demonstrate three simple principles:

1) All work submitted be your own.

2) When using the work or ideas of others, including fellow students, give full credit through accurate citations.

3) Maintain academic honesty both on examinations and class assignments.

 If you are uncertain about the ground rules on a particular assignment, ask for clarification.  All are responsible for abiding by these guidelines and opposing academic dishonesty by reporting any act that goes against these guidelines.”[1]  All forms of plagiarism and cheating will result in severe academic penalties. In most cases the assignment will receive a zero and the instructor reserves the right to report this academic dishonesty to the student’s advisor and the dean.  In some cases, at the professor’s discretion, the students will be given a failing grade for the course

Schedule of classes: When texts are listed for a class session, students should arrive having already read and reflected on this material.  Assignments are listed on the dates they are due. 



Week One

September         8          Introduction to course


                              10        The Earliest Art

Read: Chapter 1



Week Two

13        The Earliest Art


                              15        Ancient Near Eastern Art

Read: Chapter 2


                              17        Ancient Near Eastern Art- Video Assignment     Description paper due



Week Three

20        Ancient Near Eastern Art   


                              22        Egyptian Art

                                          Read: Chapter 3


                        24        ILAC Session- Meet in Library Classroom 2



Week Four

                        27        Egyptian Art


                              29        EXAM 1


October            1          Ancient Aegean Art

                                                Read: Chapter 4



Week Five

                        4          Ancient Aegean Art    Annotated Bibliography due


                              6          Greek Art

Read: Chapter 5


                              8          OUTFLY PLACEHOLDER




Week Six

                        11        Greek Art   


                              13        Greek Art



                              15        Greek Art


Week Seven

                   18        Etruscan Art

Read: Chapter 6


                        20        Roman Art

                                    Read: Chapter 7


                              22        Roman Art   Context Paper due



Week Eight

                        25        Roman Art


                   27        Roman Art


                        29       FALL BREAK  



Week Nine

November        1          Early Christian Art

Read: Chapter 8


                        3          Early Christian Art


                        5          Byzantine Art



Week Ten

                   8          EXAM 2


                   10        Islamic Art

Read: Chapter 9                    


                        12        Islamic Art



Week  Eleven

                   15        Early Medieval Art

Read: Chapter 10


                        17        Early Medieval Art   Comparison Paper due


                        19        Early Medieval Art



Week Twelve

                        22        Romanesque Art

Read: Chapter 11


                        24        Romanesque Art





Week Thirteen

                             29        Romanesque Art


            December  1          Field Trip to University of Iowa Special Collections (tentative)

                                                Read: Chapter 12


                             3          Gothic Art


Week Fourteen

                             7          Gothic Art   Codicology Paper due


                             9          Gothic Art


                             11        EXAM 3


Final activity is on Tuesday September 14 at 11:30.



 The Professor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus and will notify the students if she does so.



[1] Wartburg College Honor Code at