Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Art and cultural history before 150034282/2803/2223/1/27
Study guide

Art and cultural history before 1500

Academic year 2022-23
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: Van den Broeck Bob
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2022 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 75,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

Artistic and cultural history before 1500 focusses on Western Europe from prehistory until the end of the middle ages and puts European architecture and visual arts chronologically in (world)context. It intends to offer the student a foundation to situate works of art of this period cultural historically.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

No initial competences are requierd.

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.

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 keywords, images and bibliography with specialised literature is made available as study documentation on the electronic learning platform.

If classes can not happen live in the auditorium, the professor will weekly provide a fully written out text to the PowerPoint presentation.

The indicated chapters in the handbook available at the academy library gives the student some extra background information: 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
  • Description: If lectures can not happen in the auditorium, digital distance education will be provided by the electronic learning platform digitap, i.e. a fully written ou text next to the image material.
Work time outside of contact hours49,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 1Knowledge and comprehension test during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
Semester 1Knowledge and comprehension test during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

If classes can happen live than the exam will be a written one 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).

If classes have to have digitally than an "open book" exam will be organised via digitap, both for the first and second exam period.