Art History (Renaissance to Modern)
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 112
Course Name: Art History (Renaissance to Modern)
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Student will identify and classify art works from the Renaissance to Modern Art.
- Student will identify and attribute works of art from this period as to date/timeline, region, artist, and style.
- Student will distinguish between a culture’s symbols, and the images, objects, sculptures, or structures they created.
- Student will analyze art work in relation to its religions, social and cultural meaning or significance.
- Through class discussion and participation student will discuss and integrate lecture and textbook content.
- Student will attach specific information to art work as to subject, function, medium, elements, organization, style, timeline, and artist.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Gothic Art and Architecture: The “Proto-Renaissance” in Italy
- The Art of the Trecento
The Dawn of Humanism and The Early Quattrocento
Early Quattrocento Developments in Art and Architecture
- Art and Architecture in the Quattrocento
Leonardo, Raphael, and High Renaissance Painting
Aspects of Renaissance Architecture
- Transformation in Style: Mannerism
The Renaissance in Venice
Northern European Art in the Fifteenth Century
- Northern European Art in the Sixteenth Century
- Italian Baroque Art: The Baroque Outside of Italy: Spain, Flanders
- The Baroque Outside of Italy: Holland, France
Baroque Genre and Landscape Painters
Trends in European Architecture
- Rococo Art
- Aspects of Eighteenth Century Art
- Classic vs. Romantic
The Tradition of Landscape Painting
Realism and Other Problems in 19th Century Art
- Manet and the Impressionists
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
The Fauves and Expressionism
- Cubism and Its Derivatives
Dada and Surrealism
Major Developments in Modern Architecture
VII. Methods of Instruction
- PowerPoint presentation with lecture stressing the iconological importance of the work.
- A field trip to a museum.
- Possible films/videos
- Class discussions
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
- Attend all classes
- Do all homework assignments/readings
- Participate in class discussions
- Attend field trip as scheduled
- Tests/reports (research) written paper
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
Example Text: Helen Gardner, Art through the Ages (current edition)
Visuals: PowerPoint presentations
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Factual identification tests ‑ Known works of art by title, artist, date and country; unknown works of art are identified by style characteristics of country and century.
Final examination of an interpretive study.Independent study from the Art Institute of Chicago in which one of the periods covered by the course will be examined in terms of the actual art and the students' relating it to the period covered in the course. (3 page written paper)
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.