Art History:
From Cave Paintings to Banksy
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Course program
4 modules
20 lectures
Module 1. The Origins and Apotheosis of Art
Origins of Art ( 1 hour)
- Theories about the origins of art
- Cave drawings
- Venus Figurines of the European Paleolithic

Ancient Art (2 hours)
- Ancient Egypt: the art of eternity
- Ancient Greece: the cradle of European art
- Ancient Rome: the art of the Empire

Art of the Middle Ages (1 hour )
- Western Europe: barbarians, books and gothic style
- Byzantium: mosaics, icons and a new type of churches

Renaissance Art (4 hours)
- Italian Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo
- Northern Renaissance: Van Eyck, Dürer and Bruegel
- Renaissance in Russia: Andrei Rublev
Module 2. Art of the 17–19th Centuries
Baroque (2 hours)
- Introduction into the art of baroque
- Architecture: luxury, theatricality and illusion
- Sculpture: when marble becomes living flesh
- Painting: Rubens, Caravaggio and Velazquez

Dutch Golden Age (2 hours)
- Development of genre painting in Dutch art
- Jan Vermeer: "Sphinx of Delft"
- Rembrandt: the master of light and mystery

Rococo, Classicism, Romanticism (1,5 hours)
- Rococo: Chardin, Watteau and Fragonard
- Classicism: Poussin, Lorrain, David
- Romanticism: Géricault, Delacroix, Turner, Friedrich
Module 3. At the Turn of the Centuries
Art Nouveau (1,5 hours)
- Gustav Klimt: gold and new sensuality
- Alphonse Mucha: poster art
- Vrubel and “Mir Iskusstva” (The World of Art)

Russian Avant-Garde ( 1 hour)
- Kazimir Malevich and suprematism
- Mikhail Larionov and the origin of avant-garde
- Wassily Kandinsky and the birth of abstraction

Impressionism (2.5 hours)
- Revolt against the Academy and birth of new art
- Edouard Manet and Claude Monet: between friendship and art
- Auguste Renoir: the art of happiness
- Edgar Degas: the art of a frozen moment

Post-Impressionism (1.5 hours)
- Van Gogh: azure, sunflowers and madness
- Paul Gauguin: the art away from civilization
- Paul Cézanne: anticipation of cubism
Module 4. Art of the 20th Century
Expressionism (1.5 hours)
- Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann

Cubism and the School of Paris (1.5 hours)
- Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque
- Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall

Surrealism (1 hour)
- Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Man Ray

Abstract Impressionism and Pop Art ( 1 hour)
- Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko
- Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

Conceptual Art, Minimalism, and Performance ( 1 hour)
- Joseph Kosuth, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner
- Yves Klein, Marina Abramović

Street Art (1 hour)
- Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy
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It confirms that you have completed the entire course program.
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