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Methodologies in Art History

Methodologies in Art History

This online Art History course provides an insight into the origins and methodologies of the study of art over the centuries.

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Course Summary

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This course will provide students who are interested in art and art history with an exciting initiation to this topic. As well exploring the works of many of history’s most celebrated artists, this course also examines the discipline of Art History itself by tracing its roots back to the very earliest pieces of critical writing.

It will focus on some particular moments in the formation of the academic discipline of art history, and will consider what bearing those methodologies have on our own thinking in the 21st century. If you’re considering Art History, History, or English literature at university, it will also help to show interviewers and admissions tutors that you have a serious and sophisticated engagement with your subject. The case studies of art historians and movements in the field of art history will provide excellent discussion material.

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Syllabus

Tutorial 1: The Fathers of Art History (1 - 1.5 hours)

Giorgio Vasari and Johann Joachim Winckelmann are considered the founding fathers of Art History. This tutorial will consider their respective methodologies and approaches to art to demonstrate the great influence that these two critics had on the entire discipline of Art History.


Tutorial 2: Formalism (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will firstly define and explore formalist approaches to art criticism. It will then take a look at two key movements in Formalism and their main exponents before considering whether it can provide an adequate approach to art.


Tutorial 3: A Social History of Art (1 - 1.5 hours)

The school of thought that lies in opposition to formalism is that of history or historicism and the social history of art. Marxist thought had a notable influence on the social history of art so this tutorial will chart this development over the years, before ending with a discussion of the key figures in the formation of the more recent school: the New History of Art.


Tutorial 4: Museums and Visual Historiography (1 - 1.5 hours)

How we view and interpret art is governed by many factors and the contexts in which we view them. It is often surprising how things extraneous to the artwork itself can influence how we perceive it. This is particularly true in relation to museums. This tutorial will therefore consider how biases and prejudices in relation to the presentation of art can be problematic.


Key Details

Course Pre-requisites Advanced/fluent level of English
Passion for Art and Art History!
Course Level For students thinking of applying to university to study Art, History or related subjects
For students with a general interest and enthusiasm for this topic
Difficulty Moderate
Prior Knowledge No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject!
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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