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2021 Spring


Marek Cerveny
For information about registration please contact our admissions.


Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction. Syllabus, Assignments and Chronology.

Feb 9

Introduction to chronology. Overview of important moments in the history and story of the city. Introduction Test (Not graded)

2. Introduction to terminology, styles, orders and iconography

Feb 16

Overview of the relevant artistic styles. Short presentation.

3. Structure of Prague: orientation, districts, development

Feb 23

Focus on the most important monuments and parts of Prague. Explanation of the growth of the city throughout history. Short presentation.

4. The Origins of Prague: The Early-Slavic era (ca. 600 – 1000 A.D.)

Mar 2

Discussion of the prehistory and early history of Prague. Short presentation.

5. Romanesque Prague

Mar 9

Discussion of the characteristics and examples of Romanesque style in Prague. Short presentation.

6. Gothic Prague

Mar 16

Discussion of the characteristics and examples of Gothic architecture in Prague. Short presentation. Museum Report 1 due.

7. Gothic - Devotional Art and the Bohemian Reformation (1400 - 1526)

Mar 23

Discussion of Gothic style painting and sculpture based on examples from National Gallery. Short presentation.

8. Renaissance Art and Prague

Mar 30

: Introduction to Renaissance style, 16th century Prague and Rudolph II. Short presentation.

9. Baroque art and architecture (1620 - 1780)

Apr 13

Introduction to Baroque style, 17th-18th century Prague - Our Lady Victorious, Troja Chateau, Strahov Monastery etc. Short presentation.

10. Historicism: Classicism, Romanticism and the Czech National Revival (1780 - 1900)

Apr 20

National Revial, Eclectic architecture, Vyšehrad. Short presentation.

11. : Modernism 1

Apr 27

Introduction to modern architecture. Early 20th-century architecture, Art nouveau, Cubism and Functionalism (1900 - 1948). Short presentation.

12. Modernism 2

May 4

Early 20th century art: František Kupka and Czech Avant-garde, (1900 - 1948). Short presentation.

13. Socialist Realism and 2nd half of 20th century Art

May 11

Introduction to socialist art and recent development of art and architecture. Short presentation.

14. Final session

May 18

Final test and discussion. Final Report due.

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