Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
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Art History 1 : Antiquity and the Middle Ages27164/1717/1920/1/43
Study guide

Art History 1 : Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 1
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: De Boodt Ria
Other teaching staff: Daems Aurelie
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2019 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 75,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

No initial competences are requierd.

Learning outcomes (text)

The student has acquired insight into the basic characteristics and the evolution of western art history from Prehistory up to and including the 15th century AD. The student knows and recognizes the most important trends, artists and art works from antiquity up to and including the late Middle Ages. The student understands the material, formal and content characteristics of art styles of this period. The student is able to use them as a reference. The student is able to process information on art topics in a personal way. The student has learned how to take notes adequately to the information provided by the PowerPoint Presentations shown and explained during the classes.The student is capable to read a handbook and to use it as study material.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA3 - The student knows about and understands the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of the visual arts and artistic praxis, and continues to develop this knowledge and understanding.
The student understands the material, formal and content characteristics of art styles of this period.
The student can independently process various forms of information about artistic topicality into an up-to-date frame of reference.
The student can use his art-historical knowledge as a frame of reference.
The student knows and understands the basic characteristics and evolution of Western art history during the Antiquity and Middle Ages
The student knows and recognizes the most important movements, artists and works of art from ancient times to the late Middle Ages.

Learning objectives

The course is part of a series of five that deal with the Western art history from Prehistory up till today:

- in the first bachelor year  the student gets acquainted with the art of Western Europe from Prehistory up to and including neoclassicism, split into two courses taught respectively during the first and the second term (art history 1 and 2).

- in the second bachelor he gets an overview on (European) art of the 19th and first half of the 20th century, spread over two terms as well (art history 3 + 4).

- in the third bachelor the course deals with contemporary art.

Once he has completed the entire programme the student will have acquired a historical reference framework of the visual arts in Western Europe and by extension the cultural historical background involved.

Course content

The course provides a chronological overview of the usual developments in western art from antiquity up to and including the late Middle Ages. More specific Prehistory, Greek antiquity, Roman antiquity, the styles of the early middle ages, Romanesque art, gotic art and early Renaissance are addressed. To each style a cultural historical introduction will afford the necessary context, including relationships with current situations. To each style examples on architecture, sculpture and painting will be explained in their different aspects: materials, techniques, design, creation process and iconography. Occasionally the art of drawing, goldsmithing, stained glass, textiles and artists' writings will be discussed.Some topics will be treated profoundly in capita selecta. Actual information concerning the content of the course is provided: exhibitions, events, publications.

Study material (list)

Mandatory€ 42,00
  • Author: E.H. Gombrich

Study material (text): Mandatory

Each week a PowerPoint Presentation including text, images and bibliography with specialised literature is made available as study documentation on the electronic learning platform.

Required reading are the indicated chapters in the handbook available at the academy library: Prof. Ernst Hans GOMBRICH, "The story of art", London, Phaidon Press, 2010 (16th edition).

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials26,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours49,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 1Knowledge test100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
Semester 1Knowledge test100,00

Evaluation (text)

Written exam with multiple choice questions and one open question, as well for the first as second exam period.

A try-out exam will be organised during the make-up class (week 13).