SYLLABUS ART HISTORY 132
Fall 2020 Section: E
Lecturer: Joel Hollander, Ph.D.
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)
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.
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.
REVEL for Art History, Volume 2 — Access Card, 6/E Marilyn Stokstad and Michael
Cothren, eds. (Pearson, 2019)
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.
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
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