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AH 201 – History of Art I

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

Louise Arizzoli

Instructor name:

Louise Arizzoli, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art

Instructor Information:

Louise Arizzoli teaches a variety of art history courses for the Art and Art History department at the University of Mississippi.

She received her PhD in Art History from Indiana University in 2013, with a specialization in the history of collections in America, as well as Renaissance and Baroque European Art. She also holds an MA in art history from Indiana University and an MA from the University of Rome ìLa Sapienzaî, with a focus on museum studies.

Prior to joining the University of Mississippi in the Spring of 2013, she was Acting Curator for Western Art before 1800 at the Indiana University Art Museum.

Contact Information:

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Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This 16-lesson Independent Study course is a chronological and thematic survey of the art, architecture, and artifacts of world civilizations of the ancient through medieval eras. A variety of cultural issues, aesthetic styles, contextual perspectives, artists, and exemplary works of art will be examined and considered.

Textbook Information:


Required Textbook:

Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, Volume I, 15th Edition

  • Fred S. Kleiner Boston University
  • ISBN-10: 1285837843 | ISBN-13: 9781285837840
  • © 2016 | Published

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Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. developing an artistic vocabulary for critical thinking as relates to the visual arts
  2. understanding the processes by which art is produced
  3. evaluating the formal and expressive content of art
  4. learning proper historical perspectives for the original contexts of works of art
  5. introducing the fundamentals of connoisseurship, and facilitating the recognition of masterworks

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing guide to complete the course in one semester
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*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1

Introduction: What is Art History?

Chapter 1: Art in the Stone Age

Week 1

Chapter 2: Ancient Mesopotamia and Persia

Week 2

Chapter 3: Egypt from Narmer to Cleopatra

Week 3

Chapter 4: The Prehistoric Aegean

Week 4

Chapter 5: Ancient Greece: Early Classical through Hellenistic Periods

Week 5
Course Exam 1
Covers the introduction - chapter 5
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 5

Chapter 6: The Etruscans

Quiz Week 6

Chapter 7: The Roman Empire

Week 7

Chapter 8: Late Antiquity

Chapter 9: Byzantium

Week 8

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
Chapter 10: The Islamic World
Week 9

Chapter 11: Early Medieval Europe

Week 10
Course Exam 2
Covers chapters 6-11
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 10
Chapter 12: Romanesque Europe Quiz Week 11

Chapter 13: Gothic Europe

Week 12
Chapter 14: Late Medieval Italy
Week 13

Chapter 15: South and Southeast Asia before 1200

Week 14

Chapter 16: China and Korea to 1279

Chapter 17: Japan before 1333

Week 15

Chapter 18: Native American Cultures before 1300

Chapter 19: Africa before 1800

Week 16
Final Project
Museum Writing Assignment
To be completed
before proceeding
Week 16
Final Exam
Covers chapters 12-19
To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit
Week 16

Grading Information:

Grading Scale:

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Section Quizzes: 60%
Exams: 25%
Final project: 15%


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