Faculty of Arts


Images and Ideas: Art since Antiquity

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ARTHIST 106.


A survey of art periods that have been the foundation of western art and architecture. It provides knowledge of important art developments across the ages in their socio-historical context, including periods not covered in other Art History courses but important for their understanding, such as ancient and medieval art. While the main focus is on historical European art, the survey is diversified with non-western and modern material.

Alongside this broad chronological survey, the course offers the close study of a series of key works which will be studied in detail, shifting attention from generalisation to in-depth enquiry and further developing student skills in visual and iconographic analysis. These studies will range across different periods and disciplines, including the Great Sphinx and pyramid of Khafra at Giza; the Parthenon, Athens; the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chartres; Giotto’s frescoes in the Arena Chapel, Padua; Leonardo’s Last Supper; Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Teresa; Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring; Watteau’s Embarkation for Cythera; Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People; Constable’s Haywain.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Professor Elizabeth Rankin

Recommended Reading

Honour, H. & J. Fleming. 2005. A World History of Art. London: Laurence King; Paton, J. 2005. How to Look at a Painting. Wellington: Awa Press; Pointon, M. 1997. History of Art: A Students’ Handbook. London: Routledge


Coursework + exam


ARTHIST 106: 15.0 points



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