Week 15: Lesson on Late 20th-Century Modern Art is Posted

Cartoon of Bart Simpson Writing "I will not make anymore boring art" on a blackboard
Bart Simpson parodies John Baldessari and writes “I will not make anymore boring art”

The lesson for week 15 is posted on Blackboard. These lessons cover art from Minimalism, Conceptual/Performance Art, Land/Earth Art through Postmodern Architecture. Please follow the lesson guidelines as you complete readings for this last week!

Week 14: Lesson on Mid 20th-Century Modern Art is Posted

Painting of woman sitting in a room
Edward Hopper, Room in Brooklyn, 1932, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The lesson for week 14 has been posted on Blackboard. This lesson covers art from American Regionalism, Modernist Architecture, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Please follow the lesson guidelines as you complete readings for this week. This peaceful painting features a seated woman reading by a window.

Week 13: Lesson on Early 20th-Century Modern Art

Matisse painting of still life on a blue tablecloth
Henri Matisse, Still Life (chocolate pot) with Blue Tablecloth, 1909, Hermitage Museum

This week we explore the different art movements of early twentieth-century art. The readings are found under “Early 20th-Century Modern Art” within the “Readings” tab at the top of this page. As you explore this week’s art works from home, consider all the small things we find comfort in. Henri Matisse, the Fauve painter in this week’s lesson, often painted one of his favorite possessions, a chocolate pot. The small carafe-like, metal pots were mass-produced to brew hot chocolate and commonly found in French households. Matisse included this object in many of his still life paintings. Wishing you a healthy, safe, and comforting week!

Week 12: Lesson on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism is Posted

A painting by Van Gogh of a part of a hospital
Vincent van Gogh, War in the Hospital in Arles, 1889

The lesson on the art of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism is posted on Blackboard. Please make sure to do the readings on this OER for Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. Quiz 6 will be accessible at the end of the week. There will be one more quiz after this one and the final exam. For this week, this painting by Van Gogh is an appropriate tribute to our heroic healthcare professionals who are working through this pandemic. The painting, Ward in the Hospital in Arles, 1889 was produced during the painter’s most prolific period of art production, the last year of his life.

Lesson on Romanticism and Realism is Posted

Painting by Girodet of allegory of victory blowing a trumpet
Anne-Louis Girodet, Allegory of Victory, 1814

This week we explore the art of Romanticism and Realism. Please see the slides posted on our Blackboard website as well as the Discussion Board homework, which includes a discussion of remakes of Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa. This week’s readings are located under “Romanticism and Realism” under the Readings tab at the top of this page. The image on the right is a painting by Anne-Louis Girodet, a French Romantic painter. Please stay safe and healthy!

Week 10: Lesson on Rococo and Neoclassical Art is Posted

Side view of a half-length figure of a girl in a yellow dress reading a book
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Reader, 1770

This week we explore the art of the Rococo and Neoclassical periods in Europe and America. Please see the slides posted on our Blackboard website as well as the Discussion Board homework, which includes links to current art history challenges to recreate works of art using everyday objects in your home. This week’s readings are located under “Rococo and Neoclassicism” under the Readings tab at the top of this page. The image on the right is a painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, the French painter who produced two of the works in the Rococo part of this week’s lesson. Fragonard’s The Progress of Love series can be experienced in the Frick Collection, which is housed in a mansion built by the American industrialist Henry Clay Frick and located on East 71st Street. The museum is closed for renovation but the collection has been moved to a temporary location on Madison Avenue (the old Whitney Museum space).

Week 9: Lesson on Baroque Art is Posted

Image of Anthony Van Dyck's painting of St. Rosalie interceding during a Plague,
Anthony Van Dyck, St Rosalie interceding for the plague stricken of Palermo, 1624, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The lesson for Baroque Art is posted  on Blackboard. A reminder to please look at the slides to help guide you through the readings. An appropriate image for the week is this altarpiece by the Flemish Baroque painter Anthony Van Dyck. The painting of Saint Rosalie interceding on behalf of the plague victims of Palermo, Italy is located today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met has reopened for timed entry but this altarpiece is not currently on display. However, you can see the painting online as part of the upcoming museum paper assignment that let’s us visit the museum virtually.

Week 8: Lesson on High Renaissance Art Lesson is Posted

Detail from Michelangelo's Creation of Adam
Detail from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, Sistine Ceiling, Vatican, Rome

The lesson on High Renaissance art is posted on Blackboard. Please make sure you check into Blackboard several times during the week.  Readings are located under “Renaissance Art” but only the material on High Renaissance and Later Renaissance in Northern Europe is required for this week.

Week 7: Lesson on Early Renaissance Art is Posted

Crying angels in Giotto's Lamentation scene, Arena Chapel, Padua
Details of crying angels in Giotto’s scene of the Lamentation in the Arena Chapel (also known as the Scrovegni Chapel), Padua, Italy.

This week’s lesson takes us from Northern Europe to Italy and China during the Early Renaissance. Please log into Blackboard to download the PDF file of this week’s slides. The readings for the week are located under “Renaissance Art.” Please make sure you only read the material listed under the “Early Renaissance” headers, the High Renaissance and Later Renaissance readings are for next week’s lesson. The detail at right features the mourning angels in the fresco of the Lamentation scene of Giotto’s Arena Chapel (aka Scrovegni Chapel), which as reopened to the public, and can be visited virtually. Here is a link to the chapel’s website.

Week 6: Lesson on Medieval Art is Posted

detail from illuminated manuscript of a rabbit knight
Detail from illuminated manuscript of a rabbit knight in a duel.

This week we explore the art of the middle ages, from early illuminated manuscripts to the soaring heights of Gothic cathedrals. St. John the Divine in New York City on East 110th Street in Manhattan would be the world’s largest Gothic cathedral IF it’s ever finished. Begun in the late 19th century, this church continues to be constructed in the old fashioned way (primarily by hand) and like medieval cathedrals may take several centuries to be completed. This past Sunday, St. John the Divine celebrated the Blessing of the Animals. You can see the animals parading through the cathedral at the end of this video clip. The readings for this week are located under “Medieval Art.”