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     Renaissance to 19th Century


Spring 2018            Art-H 13                                     Section 101895                                          Dr. Brian Legakis                                                    

Monday-Wednesday 9:30-10:50 AM   Room VAPA 1001

Office Hours M-TH  8:30-9-30 AM   W 6:00-7:00 PM Wat 

Website – www.cabrilloarthistory.com or Google Brian Legakis.  My home page is given with links.

Email – brlegaki@cabrillo.edu    Phone – work 479-6368  Home 688-1325


PURPOSE OF COURSE  -  Renaissance to 19th Centuris a course that is designed to survey the architecture, painting, and sculpture of Europe from 1401 to 1850.  Every effort will be made to establish a historical and cultural background for the art and artists discussed in the slide illustrated lectures, readings, and museum/gallery viewings.  Geography, economics, biography, literature, archaeology, religion, philosophy, and customs are among the topics selected to depict an integrated picture of the art and life of this period.  The lecture themes are often centered around a major artist such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, Durer,  and Rembrandt, among others.  The characteristics of Renaissance and Baroque art styles will be explored according to the criteria of the times, as well as the artistic and cultural foundations of the period in the Medieval and Ancient worlds, and the influence of the Renaissance on Modern art.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Write an essay that synthesizes the vocabulary terms and concepts included in the study of art of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo eras.

2. Decide the identity of known and unknown art works of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods in terms of period, iconography, form and style.



Kleiner, Gardner's Art Through the Ages Backpack Edition, Book D: Renaissance and Baroque

ISBN-13: 9781285838014  New in the bookstore or you may select older editions there or online.



Text readings - for class, exams, and essays.

Exams and quizzes - all are announced and on calendar.  Extra credit quizzes are not announced.

Essay - Brief essay assigned on the readings and museum/gallery viewings, as well as special topics.   

Grading - Letter grades will be given to all exams and most essays.   The course grade is based on the final exam, midterm exams, quizzes and essays, as well as attendance and participation.


Student Learner Outcomes – Individual student activities with measurable results

1. Write an essay that synthesizes the vocabulary terms and concepts included in the study of Ancient art.

2. Decide the identity of known and unknown Renaissancet art works in terms of period, iconography, form and style.



Attendance:  Students are expected to attend class on time and remain for the duration of a class period.

2 absences are reasonable for a semester course of 16 class periods.  3 absences would be cause for concern.  Late students to class can be marked absent.

Over 3 absences may result in the lowering of a grade, or in dropping the student, not simply as punishment, but as a result of missed lecture material that will be used in quizzes and exams.

Any time that a student misses three consecutive class periods, without contacting me, may be dropped from the course.

Assignments: All written assignments are expected to be turned in on time in the first 5 min. of class.  If you have a problem, contact me. Late papers are accepted - with one half grade marked down per day late.

Quizzes and Examinations: It is especially important not to be absent for a quiz or an examination.  It is unlikely that a make up will be granted to a student.  The examinations are not to be missed.

Pass – No pass - is by permission of the instructor and granted only during the first week of class.



Class attendance and note taking is crucial.  Cell phone use during lectures is not permitted. Reading assignments completed on time will aid the student in the lectures.  Students must check in with course website often.


Students needing accommodations should contact the instructor ASAP, as well as office of Accessibility.


AH 13                                               Calendar Spring 2018        

Date         Due

                                    Lecture Topic                                                               Text readings, etc.                                   


1/29                           Introduction  to  Course                                            Purchase  texts  &  locate  Renaissance art

1/31         A1              Ancient/Medieval  Background                                               


2/5                              Trecento, 14th c. +  Donatello                                  Read  The Early Renaissance in Italy

2/7                              Masaccio +Fra  Angelico


2/12                           Filippo Lippi  + Piero Della  Francesca                

2/14         Quiz          Botticelli                  + exam review                                            


2/19                           Washington’s Birthday Holiday No Class

2/21                           Bellinis + Renaissance architecture                      


2/26                           Leonardo                                                                                          Read  The High Renaissance in Italy

2/28         Exam         Early Renaissance                                                     Review  notes  and  readings


3/5                              Raphael

3/7                            Michelangelo                                                               


3/12                           Architecture + Mannerism, El Greco                       Read  Mannerism

3/14                           Renaissance  Manuscripts                                         Read  The Renaissance in the North                                                          

3/19                           Venetian  Painting

3/21         Quiz 2       Renaissance MSS – Bookmaking


3/26                           Spring Break

3/28                           Spring Break


4/2                              Van  Eyck + Bosch

4/4                              Printmaking + Durer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

4/9                              Bruegel + England                                                      

4/11                           Italian Baroque & Caravaggio                                 Read  The Baroque in Italy and Spain



4/16                           Baroque Architecture + Female artists                  

4/18                           French Baroque                                                            Read  The Baroque in France and England


4/23                          Velasquez                                                                      

4/25                           Rubens


4/30                           Dutch  Painting + Exam review                             

5/2            A2             Rembrandt + Vermeer                                                


5/7                              Rococo                                                                            Read  Rococo

5/9                              Conclusions to Course


5/14 Final Exam 1 Final  Examination in class normal class time

5/16 Final Exam 2 Final Exam Short Essays based on class lecture


5/21-5-26                                   Finals Week -  No Class No Exam





Assignments and Examinations  AH 13 Spring 2018


Examinations and Quizzes see calendar for most dates –

No confusion – all quizzes and exams are closed notes.

Quizzes - review sheets are provided.

Quiz 1 – slide and term identification, and essay covering Early Renaissance Art

Quiz 2 – slide and term identification and essay covering manuscript making.

4 in class Quiz Essays – often unannounced – open notes

Examinations: detailed reviews for exams

Midterm Examination: - Covers all lectures and readings with emphasis on 15th century Italian Renaissance art. Objective.  Slides, map, terms and fill ins and essays.  Detailed exam review will be provided for students. All slides will be chosen from the review list.

Final Examination

Comprehensive Examination based on slides and terms. Covers all lectures and readings with special emphasis on materials after16th century Renaissance art.  Detailed review sheet provided. All slides will be chosen from a review list. Identification, problem solving and essays.


Essay topics are listed below and explained in class.    A1 is online.  A2 essay is turned in the first five minutes of class in person.

A1 – instructions online.  Download questionnaire, fill it out and email to me.


A2 Essay due Due 5/2

Portraiture Exhibition: Four Examples of Renaissance and Baroque Portraiture. You are selecting 2 Renaissance portraits and 2 Baroque/Rococo portraits for a small (make believe) museum exhibit that you are organizing.  Portraits are images of people – usually very detailed and clear pictures of real individuals that could be recognized in their own time.  Your examples reflect the period of their production.  What this means is that you want to select portraits that are great examples of the period they were made.  We will be giving good background in class on what that means.


The 4 works of art can be taken from class, your text or any other source but they all must live permanently in a museum.  Museums provide you with the best online information regarding your work of art and they provide that information on their websites. Format: 1 inch margins double spaced font size 12

 3  pages minimum is very important.  Double spaced. Typed. 


Summary of A2

What are you doing?

1 You select 4 works of Portraiture from this course – two from Renaissance, and two from the Baroque and Rococo periods, all of them from real museums. 

 2 You “borrow” them for your own museum exhibit where your selections explain how your portraits are excellent examples of art from the period they came from.

 3 Title Page – is required before you write one word of your paper. Name course and title is all you need. This information does not appear again in your paper except for perhaps name at top of each page.

 4  Introduction – Don’t start your paper with a general art statement.  Be specific - explain the topic of this paper and what you are trying to prove: “This paper is a summary of a small exhibition of 4 Portraits of the Renaissance and Baroque periods that serve as examples of art from the periods they were made”  You may use this sentence or make it into your own.  Explain what a portrait is and what types of characteristics in portraits you will write about in your paper.  Examples of characteristics– Individual or group portrait, generic or “photo” real portraits, simple identification or important story told.    Lastly list the four portraits by period, artist and title here.

 5 Body of paper – Each work of art needs to be identified first by a Museum Label.  This information is provided by the lending museum.  Your label information will look like this:

Artist name



Period and specific Date

Museum and inventory number


Then you get to describe your work – what is in it, portrait characteristics, story content, etc, all with the help of the museum information on their website.  Lastly you must explain why this work of art is a good example of the time period it was made. Most of grading evaluation will be based on this part of the paper.

8 Conclusions – Answer the following questions.  Why are portraits a good choice for art examples that explain what it is that makes a representative Renaissance or Baroque period work?  Which of the four examples did you find a personal connection with and why?  When your family and friends come to the small exibit of 4 works of art as guests, what story or do you what to convey to them about the art you have assembled that you have not mentioned in detail so far.

9 Bibliography list all sources at the end.  Websites should have a title as well as an address. .  Encyclopedia or Wikipedia citations must not be used.  “Safe Sources” are museum websites

10 Illustrations if used will be at the end.

11. I will not read a draft but you can show me one example to see if you are on the right track.

 12.  No quotes unless it is an artist speaking briefly.

 13. Write paper in your words.  Whole line or even half line copy/paste selections from an author is considered plagiarism and you want to stay away from that. 

 14  Proof read carefully.  Misspellings and carelessness can be graded down.

 15  Read this list over one more time before you turn your paper in, printed and not emailed to me.



Note Taking and Preparing for Art History Courses


How do you prepare for Art History courses?  Most of you are new to Art History courses.  Even those who have had Art History before or even my own courses might take a moment to read these tips. 


Art History may be studied in many different ways.  Naturally it is about art objects of great beauty and inspiration.   Some students feel that to be able to appreciate art it requires a natural talent.  Natural talent always helps.  Art Studio majors take Art History as part of their training for their major as artists, and their contributions in class are always helpful.  The study of Art History clearly encompasses the things working artists deal with daily – design and composition, line, shape, color, textured surfaces, and much more.  Art History also covers the subject matter and the stories around these subjects.  These discussions take us into the life and history of the period and the experiences of artists.   In talking about the artists we look into their favorite methods of creating, which brings us back to the art objects themselves.  As you can see, we often move back and forth between art and people and places.  There are things to observe, measure, and describe in great detail – just as in science, anthropology or history classes.  Art History is factual, and it is about much more than just dates and titles.


How do students learn the facts and methods of Art History?  Some are able to learn entirely on their own through their own research.  Many, however, find it overwhelming to get through the terms and names and subjects by themselves.  Taking this course assumes you would like to learn in a classroom atmosphere.  Each day you will see and learn about new art from exotic places.   My lectures are full of stories and experiences.  You may want to sit back and take it all in for the moment, but it is likely you will forget the details unless you take notes – really good notes.


You will need to take notes for quizzes and exams and for yourself.  I used to give out elaborate handouts only to find that students stopped taking notes.  Now my handouts are on the slide images, around them, above and below.  My stories need to be taken down as well because I weave all the information together into a whole.  Don’t make choices.  Everything is important and every slide you see could end up on an exam.  They will not all be used as there are too many, but you will not know which ones we will examine until you receive the exam review sheets.  I do not know myself until I actually make up the exams.


So, every day in class come prepared with your notebook and take everything down.  Date the top of each page and at some point put the subject or artist above each page so you can find it quickly at a later date for study or to clarify your answer in a quiz.    Ideally you would read these notes after each lecture but I know that is not always possible.  The lecture slides are labeled and available online.  Check the online support for this class often.  It will help you in many ways, but it cannot substitute for great notes.   With all that you have invested in your notebook, ID it clearly. 





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