History of visual arts (3025)

At the end of the course the student should be able: To understand, explain, and establish temporal and social relations between different styles and artistic methodologies; Recognize the power and complexity of icons and symbols as vehicles of visual communication; Enhance the expressive and communicative apparatus of works of art; Develop and encourage the creative process in a coordinated and orderly manner based on analyzed examples of reference; Perform spatial organization of work integrating formal elements; Be able to develop and structure visual communication processes taking into account a particular program base and target population; Understand differences in perception, interpretation and understanding of visual elements taking into account social, historical and geographical factors.

  • 4th semester | 5 ECTS | 22,5 theory contact hours | 30 practical contact hours
  • Syllabus: The main currents of Modern European thought. The concept of ‘Art’: Some notions to consider the criticism of Visual Art works. From concept to work: Analysis and study of artistic problems as “mirror” of the times and societies. The prehistoric art in the Middle East and Europe (Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic). Ancient Egypt: the Old, Middle and New monarchies. Mesopotamia and the rise of the Persian Empire. The Peloponnese Pre-Homeric: Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean. Primitive Nordic influences on the foundations of Western artistic culture: Dorians, Ionians and Aeolian. Movements “Orientalia” Archaic and the development of classical canons: Phoenicians, Persians, Hittites and Egyptians. The Macedonian hegemony and the Hellenic multiculturalism. The admiration, exaltation, and the Roman refinement. The influence of European thought Classical Bases in Contemporary Western Art.
  • Teaching/learning methodology: Exposure, explanation and discussion of theoretical content; Analysis of case studies and practical examples for demonstrating the practical application of the theoretical contents; Proposition Theoretical-Practical work will individually and in working group; Monitoring and review of the outcome of the proposed work; Analysis and public discussion of the theoretical and practical work presented.