Final Exam (Quiz 5) is next Monday 12/16/19

Durer, Self Portrait with Hand Up
Durer, Self-Portrait with Raised Hand and Pillow

For the Final Exam, there is a short list of images. Please look under Class Downloads for the Short List for Final Exam.

As you study each work, please try to identify by the following parts:

1. Artist’s name, if known. Last names are best.  (1 point)

2. Title (2 points)

3. Art Period (2 points)

4. Date (1/2 point)

5. Significance (3 points)

The terms for the Final Exam are:




history painting

Sun King


hierarchy of genres

plein air



The format of the Final Exam is similar to a quiz with one extra component: The total time for the exam is 50 minutes but you will have up an hour to complete the exam.

Final Exam Format

  • Part 1: terminology for 5 vocabulary words/terms (15 points)
  • Part 2: 10 slide identifications (85 points)
  • Part 3: optional comparison essay (additional 25 points)
    • You will be shown 2 images that you can write a short essay (approx. 6 sentences) comparing and contrasting the two artworks.

For the final exam,  you can complete the  optional comparison essay to earn 125 points on the final exam.




Extra Credit Assignments are Posted

Close up of Bernini's David's face
Detail, Bernini, David, 1623

Please look under Class Downloads for the Extra Credit Assignments. All extra credit is OPTIONAL. The last day to submit extra credit is December 20th by Midnight, this is the last day of finals week. Extra Credit must be submitted on Blackboard, please note the maximum matching rate for extra credit assignments is 10%.

Quiz 4 is next Monday 11/25

Detail of painting of 2 hands with fingers pointing at each other by Michelangelo, Creation of Adam
Detail, Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, 1508-1512

For Quiz 4, there is a short list of images. Please look under Class Downloads for the Short List for Quiz 4.

As you study each work, please try to identify by the following parts:

1. Artist’s name, if known. Last names are usually best.  (1 point)

2. Title (2 points)

3. Art Period (2 points)

4. Date (1/2 point)

5. Significance (3 points)

The terms for Quiz 4 are:


rose window

flying buttress



atmospheric perspective

linear perspective





Reminder: Please submit Paper #2 on Blackboard

Icon of paper and pencil
Icon of paper and writing instrument.

This is a reminder to please submit paper #2 on Blackboard. This is the 4-icons paper, which is modeled on Kyle Tezak’s 4 Icon Challenge. Paper #2 is DUE on Monday 11/11 by midnight. If you have lost the instructions, you can find directions for paper #2 here.

You need to submit 2 files. Your paper with the 4 icons and a Powerpoint file that follows the directions. I will download your Powerpoint file to the classroom computer in preparation for your presentation, which takes place one week later.

Quiz 2 on Monday October 21st

The quiz will cover material from Greek (Praxiteles, Aprodite of Knidos) to Byzantine Art. The quiz will be at the beginning of class about 11:30-12 noon.

The terms portion of the quiz may include the following:

Classical Orders: doric/Tuscan doric, Ionic, Corinthian








Know the plans for a latin-cross and central-plan, be able to identify the aisle, nave, and apse

First Quiz

Be On Time, Babson Boulder in Dogtown, Gloucester, MA

Quiz #1 is scheduled for Monday September 23rd at 11:30 am. ARRIVE EARLY to make sure you’re on time for the quiz. Once the quiz starts, the timer is on. The quiz lasts approx. 35 minutes.

To start promptly, please come to class with your phone and watches in silent mode and put them away in your bag/backpack (not  your pocket). Please know any smartphone or smartwatch usage will result in a ZERO grade for the quiz with no make-up possibility.

The quiz will be drawn from works of art and vocabulary on Slidelists 1, 2, and 3 ( you are only responsible for what we cover during our 9/16 lecture for Slidelist 3). Please make sure you review the slidelists and the accompanying images files under Class Downloads, and most importantly, review your NOTES.

Quiz Format
Part 1 Vocabulary: (5 minutes)
Define 5 terms: write 1 to 2 lines explaining the term and its function
For example, define a pyramid by explaining what type of structure it is and what it is made for.

Part 2 Slide Identifications: (2 minutes per image)
10 images will be projected one at a time. You are asked to identify each work of art by
• name/title of work of art (2 points)
•artist/architect (if known) (1 point if asked)
•artistic period (1-2 points)
•approx. date (1/2 point, within a 100 year range)
•significance (4 points)
Write at least 2 points about the significance of this work of art.
You can address its function, context, subject matter, etc.

At the end of Part 2, I will show the slides again for 1 minute each and you can go back and add to your answers.

If you arrive too late for the quiz or miss the quiz, you will need a valid excuse to schedule a make-up. Please know that make-up quizzes are not the same as the in-class test but more challenging.

After the quiz, there will be a short break and lecture will resume after the break.

Weekly Readings

Fragonard's painting of a girl in a yellow dress seen reading a book. Used as an illustration for post that highlights the reading schedule
Jean Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, c. 1769, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

To keep up with class lectures, please make a habit of regularly checking the Reading Schedule, the tab is located above the header image of Durer’s watercolor study of a bird wing.

For access to the textbook, please go to the Readings section under Class Downloads. You will need the password issued in class to access this section of the website. In addition, you will find weekly slide lists and image files in the Class Downloads section.


Watercolor by Durer of a large piece of turf with detailed grass.
Albrecht Durer, The Large Piece of Turf, 1503, Albertina, Vienna

Hello ARTH 1103 students! Welcome to the class website for Professor Sandra Cheng’s Introduction to Art History course.  Over the next few weeks, this website will continue to develop. This website is an integral component to our class this semester. I look forward to our reading, writing, discussion, and LOOKING this semester. During our first class this week, we will review how to sign up on this OpenLab site.