On Pictures 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
304EOP1 Z 1 2T English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of this class is to show tools and means and its changes in the history of picture making on important and influential examples of Western painting.

Mode of study

The course combines in-class lectures and seminars. Seminars will take place in galleries in front of original paintings.

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Course contents

The course focuses on an analysis of pictorial forms in the history of Western Painting. Key elements of such an analysis are the understanding of a composition, proportions, use of colour and use of light. The historical context of specific pictures cannot be neglected completely otherwise it would be impossible to follow artistic intention and will therefore be presented as well.

Course Schedule:

1.Visual Thinking or Thinking with Pictures

2.Medieval picture

Illuminations, Bayeux Tapestry, Giotto

3.Seminar: National Gallery

Master of Vyšší Brod, Theodoric of Prague, Master of Třeboň Altarpiece

4.Renaissance I

15th century masters and northern Renaissance: Massacio, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Benozzo Gozzoli, Fra Angelico, Sandro Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden

5.Renaissance II

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian

6.Seminar: European art in National Gallery

7.Baroque I

Caravaggio and Roman Baroque

Recommended or required reading

Rudolf Arnheim, Art and Visual Perception

Rudolf Arnheim, Visual Thinking

Rudolf Arnheim, The Power of the Centre

Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience

Michael Baxandall, Patterns of Intention

John Berger, Ways of Seeing

James Elkins, Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

Matila C. Ghyka, The Golden number

Gyorgy Kepes, Language of Vision

Mario Livio, The Golden Ratio

Alberto Manguel, Reading Pictures

Erwin Panofsky, Perspective as Symbolic Form

David Summers, Real Spaces

Assessment methods and criteria

Essay: Analysis of a selected painting

Participation in classes and seminars



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No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans