Art 1010

“Art history and Its Meaning” (57520)

Contact Information

Prof. Natalie Greenberg

Mo We 12:50 – 2:05      3129 Boylan

Email: Natalie.Greenberg@Brooklyn.CUNY.edu

Office Hours – Wed 12:00 – 12:30 or by appointment  Room 5307


This class is an introduction to the study of art and its history from ancient times to the present. In this course, we will study the history of Western art, beginning with the first objects created by prehistoric humans around 20,000 years ago and ending with the art and architecture of contemporary times.

The information presented in this course will provide you with the tools to recognize important works of art and historical styles, as well as to understand the historical context and cultural developments of Western art history through the end of the modern period.  Introductory readings paired with detailed lectures will provide you with a well-rounded sense of the history, art, and culture of the West up through modern times.

At the end of this course, you will be able to identify key works of art and artistic periods in Western history.  You will also be able to discuss the development of stylistic movements and relate those developments to important historical events.

Course Syllabus   Art1010_Syllabus

View Course Schedule – BC COURSE SCHEDULE- Spring 2019

Museum Paper Due Monday Nov 25th IN CLASS TO ME  BC-Museum-visit-paper- (3)

Writing Assignments

  1. Writing Assignment #1  Due on Monday September 9th
  2. Writing Assignment #2– Due on Monday October 7th
  3. Writing Assignment #3- Due on Monday November 11th   – see Realism 

NOTE: If you cannot open the link to the reading, please send me an email and I will send you a PDF of the reading.

Course Units

  1. The Ancient World
  2. Medieval, Renaissance thru 18th Century
  3. Modernism 


Image list for Exam #2 on November 4th 

Romanesque and Gothic Art

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral Jamb figures

Barcelona Haggadah


Renaissance Art

Giotto- Arena Chapel – Meeting at the Golden gate

Masaccio- Holy Trinity

Lorenzetti- Peaceful City

Donatello – David

Leonardo da Vinci- Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci- The Last Supper

Jan Van Eyck- Arnolfini Wedding

Michelangelo- David

Michelangelo – Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo- Creation of Adam

Raphael- Philosophy ( School of Athens)

Titian- The Venus of Urbino


16th century and Baroque

El Greco- The Burial of Count Orgaz

Bernini- David

Caravaggio- The Calling of Saint Matthew

Gentilischi- Judith Slaying Holofernes


17th Century

Velasquez- Las Meninas

Vermeer- The Love Letter

Poussin- Burial of Phocian


18th Century

Jacques Louis David, Oaths of Horatii

Ingres, Apotheosis of Homer

Ingres, Grande Odalisque

Goya, Third of May, 1808

Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People

Turner, The Slave Ship

Church, Twilight in the Wilderness