The Survey of Western Art History 2 is designed to provide students with both a thorough introduction to the evolution of style and an analysis of aesthetic qualities.


Fall 2020 Section: E

Lecturer: Joel Hollander, Ph.D.


Credits: 3

Class Time: M/W/F 12:20 – 1:10 PM

Location: Whitten Learning Center (LC) 130

Telephone: (305) 284-5438


Office: 309-A Merrick Building

Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (or by appointment)


Course Description:

The Survey of Western Art History 2 is designed to provide students with both a

thorough introduction to the evolution of style and an analysis of aesthetic qualities. We

will be concerned with the meaning of the work by focusing on cultural and historical

contexts as well as on iconography. Unit 1 concentrates on the Renaissance; whereas

Unit 2 investigates the pan-European 17th century developments during the Baroque

period, along with 18th century Rococo and Neoclassical art movements. Unit 3

addresses 19th century developments, including Romanticism and Realism, followed by

later 19th century avant-garde movements (i.e., Impressionism, Post-Impressionism,

Symbolism). Unit 4 completes the introduction by discussing the dominant styles of the

first half of the 20th century, which includes Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism, as

well as the immediate response to the conclusion of WWII.

Course Objectives:

The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the major historical works

of art from the Renaissance to Postmodern era, so that s/he will have a broad

knowledge to use and appreciate in their professional and/or personal life. The student

will learn about artists, artworks, historical periods, religion, and broad themes.

Ultimately, the aim is for students to understand the works’ meaning as well as to

comprehend the development and evolution of art through the ages.

Required Text:

REVEL for Art History, Volume 2 — Access Card, 6/E Marilyn Stokstad and Michael

Cothren, eds. (Pearson, 2019)

ISBN-13: 9780135197462




Attendance Policy & Student’s Responsibility:

Students are expected to attend each class period, to arrive on time, and to participate

in the exchange of ideas. The calendar dates (posted in Blackboard) may be subject to


Pop Quizzes: During each unit, an indeterminate number of pop quizzes will be

administered, as a means by which to hold students accountable to attend lecture.

Questions will be in a true/false format.

Religious holidays: As a matter of right, students may take off any religious holiday of

his/her choice but only if the student discloses their specific intentions to the faculty

member in writing within the first three days of class meeting.


Video Reflections (a.k.a. Discussion Boards):

These assignments are designed to reinforce concepts, themes, and works of art and/or

art movements discussed in lecture. Responses to the selected videos are not meant to

be a finished essay. Instead, these paragraph length entries must demonstrate

comprehension of the main ideas and themes presented in the video. No late

assignments will be accepted, and assignments must be typed into the message field

within Blackboard (rather than attached as a separate Word document).



There will be four (4) exams administered online. The exams will be released on the day

that the unit is completed in lecture and available over the span of several days (dates

are indicated on the Course Calendar). The format for exam questions is multiple-

choice and/or true/false. Students will not be required to memorize data such as name

of artist, date, and/or art period. Instead, focus will be placed on the use of formal

elements and qualities of naturalism.

For each exam, a Slide Review will be uploaded into Blackboard, so that students know

which images may possibly appear on the exam.

THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. The exams will not be re-opened for any technical

difficulties or lack of scheduling. The only accommodation is for a medical reason that

can be adequately documented or if the student has made written arrangements with

the instructor for an alternate date at least one week in advance.

To minimize potential technical issues, students are responsible for ensuring that they

have an adequate internet connection. Additionally, students are responsible to plan for

have ample time (75 minutes) to complete the exam, which, once begun in Blackboard,

may not be paused or stopped; otherwise, Blackboard will grade the exam only up to

that point and it cannot be restarted.



Visual Analysis Paper:

The subject of this five to seven (5-7) page written assignment, which will determine ten

percent (10%) of your cumulative grade, will evolve from a visit to the University of

Miami’s Lowe Art Museum. Choose one piece of art in the Permanent Collection

produced during the Gothic, Renaissance, or Mannerist period and compare/contrast its

stylistic elements to works we have discussed in class. The visual analysis should be

treated as any composition, so that it includes an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Further, more explicit, instructions will be made available on Blackboard.


Grading Policy:

Homework/Exercises: No late homework will be accepted, since assignments are meant

to help the student process information that has been viewed and discussed in class.

The student who attempts to hand in an assignment late will have little idea what was

viewed/discussed in class. Assignments, such as reading exercises and discussion

boards, must be submitted via Blackboard.

Late paper/project: If the paper/project is not submitted on the due date, one letter

grade will be deducted for every day it is late.

Honor Code/Cheating and Plagiarism: Each University of Miami student is bound by

the University Honor Code. All reports, papers, written assignments, test papers and

examination papers must include a signed honor pledge that states: “On my honor, I

have neither given nor received any aid on this assignment.” Academic dishonesty may

result in a lower grade or failing grade for the entire course.

Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for those with documented

disabilities. Contact Disability Services in the Academic Development Center for an



Grade Distribution

Pop Quizzes 8.50% 75 points

Video Reflections 34.00% 300 points

Visual Analysis Paper 11.50% 100 points

Exam #1 11.50% 100 points

Exam #2 11.50% 100 points

Exam #3 11.50% 100 points

Exam #4 11.50% 100 points

Total 100% 875 points




© Board of Trustees, University of Miami

Created by: Joel Hollander, Ph.D.

Revised: August 10, 2019

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