Art History (Renaissance to Modern)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 112

       Course Name: Art History (Renaissance to Modern)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is a comparative study of art as expression of human experience from Renaissance to modern period. Content includes major artists, styles and movements. Focus is on development of perceptive stylistic analysis and ability to understand a work of art in relation cultural context.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Student will identify and classify art works from the Renaissance to Modern Art.
  2. Student will identify and attribute works of art from this period as to date/timeline, region, artist, and style.
  3. Student will distinguish between a culture’s symbols, and the images, objects, sculptures, or structures they created.
  4. Student will analyze art work in relation to its religions, social and cultural meaning or significance.
  5. Through class discussion and participation student will discuss and integrate lecture and textbook content.
  6. 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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. Gothic Art and Architecture: The “Proto-Renaissance” in Italy
  2. The Art of the Trecento
    The Dawn of Humanism and The Early Quattrocento
    Early Quattrocento Developments in Art and Architecture
  3. Art and Architecture in the Quattrocento
    Leonardo, Raphael, and High Renaissance Painting
    Aspects of Renaissance Architecture
  4. Michelangelo
  5. Transformation in Style: Mannerism
    The Renaissance in Venice
    Northern European Art in the Fifteenth Century
  6. Northern European Art in the Sixteenth Century
  7. Italian Baroque Art: The Baroque Outside of Italy: Spain, Flanders
  8. The Baroque Outside of Italy: Holland, France
    Baroque Genre and Landscape Painters
    Trends in European Architecture
  9. Rococo Art
  10. Aspects of Eighteenth Century Art
  11. Classic vs. Romantic
    The Tradition of Landscape Painting
    Realism and Other Problems in 19th Century Art
  12. Manet and the Impressionists
    Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
    The Fauves and Expressionism
  13. Cubism and Its Derivatives
    Dada and Surrealism
    Major Developments in Modern Architecture

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. PowerPoint presentation with lecture stressing the iconological importance of the work.
  2. A field trip to a museum.
  3. Possible films/videos
  4. 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.

  1. Attend all classes
  2. Do all homework assignments/readings
  3. Participate in class discussions
  4. Attend field trip as scheduled
  5. 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

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

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.