Art History: Early through Gothic

ART 250        Fall 2009


Instructor:                 Dr. Erika Lindgren

Phone:                       352-8201                  

Office hours:  WF 7:45-8:45am , F 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.



Dana Arnold, Art History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

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



There are 3 exams, a number of slide quizzes, 4 papers, 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 dayís/weekís 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.   


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


Paper 1- Description- 1-2 pages

Paper 2- Context- 4 pages [this paper will go through the draft/revision process]

Paper 3- Comparison- 4 pages

Paper 4- Codicology paper- 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                                              100

Paper 3                                              100

Paper 4                                              100

Slide quizzes                                   180

Final Activity                                   60

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, 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.  This writing will take a variety of forms ranging from quick in-class responses to essay exams to formal academic papers.


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 ď[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.Ē[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 studentís advisor and the dean.  In some cases, 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.  Slide quizzes are roughly every week- about every two chapters.  They are marked by a Q.

WEEK 1                                                                                                                                                                                 

W 9/ 9                        Introduction to class


 F 9/11            Art History and changing approaches to it

                        Read: Arnold, chapters 1 and 2      



M 9/14           Collecting, interacting, and think about art

                        Read: Arnold, chapters 3 and 4; Jansonís, ďIntroducing ArtĒ      


W 9/16           Reading art and techniques

                        Read: Arnold, chapters 5 and 6.


F 9/18             The earliest art

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 1



M 9/21           Ancient Near Eastern Art   Q

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 2   


W 9/23           Later Near Eastern Art


F 9/25             Old Kingdom Egyptian Art  Q

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 3 to p.59



M 9/28           ILAC session             Description Paper due     


W 9/30        Old Kingdom Egyptian Art      


F 10/2          Middle and New Kingdom Art

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 3 to end 



WEEK 5         

M 10/5          New Kingdom Art  


W 10/7        Amarna style and late Egyptian Art  


F 10/9           Early Aegean Art

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 4 



M 10/12         Later Aegean Art  Q


W 10/14        Exam 1    


F 10/16          Early Greek Art    Short class 

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 5 to p. 120




M 10/19         Classical Greek Art Q

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 5, p. 121-146


W 10/21        Classical Greek Art 


F 10/23         Hellenistic Art 

Read: Jansonís, chapter 5 to end 




M 10/26         Etruscans   Q

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 6



W 10/28        Early Roman Republican Art    Context Paper due

                       Read: Jansonís, chapter 7 to p.191





M 11/2           class cancelled


W 11/4          Early Roman Republican Art   Q


F 11/6           Art of the Early and Late Empire

                      Read: Jansonís ,chapter 7 to end



M 11/9          Art of Late Empire   


W 11/11        Early Christian Art 

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 8 to p. 253



F 11/13         Highlights of Byzantine Art Q

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 8 to end




M 11/16        Exam 2


W 11/18         Insular and Viking Art  

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 10 to p. 320


F 11/20           Carolingian and Ottonian Art   Comparison Paper due

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 10 to end



M 11/23         Romanesque Art Q

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 11


W 11/25         Art  of the Manuscript    Short class




WEEK 13       

M 11/30         Field Trip to Iowa City- University of Iowa Library Special Collections

Meet at Maintenance Building at 9:45 am. Lunch on own in Iowa City.  Return around 5:15 pm.


W 12/2           Early Gothic Art Q

                        Read: Jansonís chapter 12 to p. 396


F 12/4             High Gothic Art

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 12 to p. 415



M 12/7           High to Late Gothic Art         Codicology paper due

                        Read: Jansonís, chapter 12 to end


W 12/9            Late Gothic Art Q


F 12/11           Exam 3


Classes end 



Tuesday, December 15, 8-10 am.  Final Activity


 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