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ART 2212 - Art History II: 1300-1750

Welcome to Art 2212, the second in the series of four art history survey courses offered by College of DuPage. Although the series is chronological, it is not required that you have taken Art 2211, the first course. More often than not, students take the art history courses in order as the topics appeal to them.

Art 2212 looks at the art and architecture created during the periods called the Renaissance and the Baroque. Many of its artists are household names; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt are synonymous with excellence in Western art. But in this course you will come to understand that these individuals are stars among many in constellations of exemplary artists. While theirs’ are not household names, those of van Eyck and El Greco, Vermeer and Velasquez should be. In this course we build the Vatican in Rome and the palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV, at Versailles. We introduce printmaking into Europe, which revolutionizes the distribution of art. We are caught in the religious wars of the Reformation. Europeans enter the Americas. The period covered in this class is one of the outstanding moments in human history, and the artists responded accordingly. They celebrated the optimism and exposed the uncertainty of human beings caught up in rapidly changing times.

Art 2212 is organized into the following six units:

UNIT 1 Fourteenth-Century Art in Europe
UNIT 2 Fifteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula
UNIT 3 Renaissance Art in Fifteenth-Century Italy
UNIT 4 Sixteenth-Century Art in Italy
UNIT 5 Sixteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula
UNIT 6 Baroque Art

The semester grade in Art 2212 on-line is based on the total points earned for the six units. You will have three assignments for each unit with a total of 80 points possible for the unit. The assignments for each unit include a 25-point Web-based Research essay (500 words), a 25-point Style Analysis essay (500 words), and a 30-point exam composed of multiple-choice questions.

This is a self-paced, writing intensive course. All materials for every unit, including the six exams, will be available the first day of the semester. You may finish the course at any time because you work through the assignments in your order of preference and submit them as completed.

Please note below the official Course Description and Course Objectives for Art 2212. If you are attending another college or university, you may wish to use this section to confirm transferability at your institution.

ART 2212, Art History II: 1300-1750

Course description: Chronological survey of Western visual culture from the Proto-Renaissance through the Late Baroque. Examines major artists and regional styles within their historical, social, political, cosmological, and aesthetic contexts. (3 semester hours; IAI F2 902)

Prerequisite: None

General course objectives: Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the purposes for art produced between 1300 and 1750
  2. Identify specific works of art by artist and region
  3. Locate specific works of art in the historical context
  4. Identify components and meanings of visual symbol systems
  5. Explain relations between the visual arts and cosmological constructs
  6. Explain relations between the visual arts and sociopolitical constructs
  7. Analyze aesthetic features of individual, cultural, and regional styles
  8. Describe technical and structural processes
  9. Review current trends in the study of Renaissance and Baroque art
  10. Appreciate the continuity and diversity in European art

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