Classics-Art 329 Reading Assignments


There will be 3 quizzes, one midterm and one final examination that you MUST take.

There will also be a practice quiz so you can get used to our format for quiz-taking.

The three textbooks include: 

Fred S. Kleiner's  FOURTH edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Concise Western History   (Cengage-Mindtap, 2015). The bookstore is also featuring the larger hardback version of this which is called Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Global History 14th edition. This book has absolutely everything in it and even much much more than you will need for this course. If you want a cheaper more minimal book that will still let you do the class well, order the fourth edition of Kleiner (or even the older third edition is fine). Whichever edition you choose to have, in this book you will be reading generally about art history as a background for the class. You should read the assigned pages and focus on the terms listed in the reading assignments in each chapter that we will be stressing in class. There will be a lot of additional information in the textbook which is not required but we urge you to read all the assigned material to improve your understanding of the various art movements. Your reading in Kleiner will lag considerably behind the classroom presentations so you will be constantly reading background information in Kleiner even though the classroom lectures have gone on to other topics. By the end of the semester the knowledge you have gained from Kleiner will interweave with the later lectures. If this sounds confusing, do not worry about it now and just remember that the reading will lag behind the lectures.  This book is available at the bookstores here or can be ordered online at sources such as  If you want to save money and pick up an alternate version Kleiner, it may cover the same material but also have more, different material so check with Dr. Soren before you buy an alternate version of Kleiner. The page numbers given here fit the Concise History third edition only. If you have the actual full 14th edition the page numbers will vary and I will also include them below under the heading full 14th edition. The full 14th edition also is quite expensive.

David Soren, Rise and Fall of the Horror Film- This book will give you a chronological portrait of trends in the art history of the fantasy film plus discuss the fantasy film and its relationship to popular culture, and it will highlight some important people for the course such as the Lumieres family, Georges Melies, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Dario Argento and others. This is available at the bookstores here or at a discount at along with the Vera-Ellen book below.

David Soren, Vera-Ellen: The Magic and the Mystery- This book documents the tragic story of the greatest female dancer who ever lived (in Dr. Soren's opinion), how she drove herself to become a superwoman and how she was destroyed by Hollywood Studios, inadvertent bad parenting, unsympathetic men and a lack of medical knowledge about her illnesses. One day of the course each year is devoted to Vera in memory of her forgotten achievements and artistry.This is available at the bookstores here or at a discount at package with the book cited above.

You are encouraged to read these entire books but you will only be examined on the portions described below. If you are using another earlier edition of the books, the page numbers will vary so be sure you have the right edition or have made the page adjustments.

For the quizzes make sure you have 5 facts about each term, if possible, including a good definition and a date if a date is relevant. You will be asked to define 2 of the terms for each of the quizzes. Learning dates as closely as possible is an important aspect of the course.


Reading Assignment for the not-for-credit practice quiz on January 19th in class. Read Kleiner : Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Concise Western History, 4th edition. If you happen to have the much larger 14th edition, I have put all the readings in that big book at the bottom of the page here. If you have the Kleiner Concise Fourth Edition, your first assignment is to read the book's introduction as well as the following pages: 45-47, 53-58, 62-70, 83-94, 97-107, 115, 117-129, 141. If you have the Kleiner Concise Third Edition, read the Introduction (to familiarize yourself with the study of art history) plus Chapter 2 pages 47 to 49, 56 to 62, and 65 to 74; Chapter 3 pages 87 to 98, 103 to 112, 121 and Chapter 4 (all of it). It is optional to read ALL of these chapters but if you do you will understand more about the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. For your practice quiz you should prepare the following terms from the required reading no matter which edition of Gardner's you are using: the basic parts of a Greek temple (know at least 5),  the characteristics of the Greek temple, the Parthenon, the Kritios Boy, Polykleitos, the Acropolis, the importance of Athens, Pericles, the chronology of ancient Rome (the monarchy, republic and empire and how they differed, what is an amphitheater, how do Romans construct differently from ancient Greeks (hint: concrete), The Colosseum, the catacombs in Rome, Early Christianity- how did it begin? 

All of this material will be included on the first real quiz also-- on January 26th.

Additional Reading Assignment for the first quiz on January 26th in Kleiner, Concise 4th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: 157-158, 161-168, 170-175, 185, 187-198, 208, 215. If you have Kleiner, ConciseThird Edition, read Chapter 6, pages 161 to top of 163, 164 bottom to top of 165, 169 bottom right to 180, and Chapter 7 all of it, noting for the first quiz Ottonian, Saint Michael's Church at Hildesheim, Saint-Sernin at Toulouse, characteristics of the Romanesque style, Mission of the Apostle tympanum of Vezelay, the so-called Gothic Period and Style-- give characteristics, The Abbot Suger and the importance of Saint-Denis, Gothic rib vault, parts of a Gothic cathedral, Chartres Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral Paris, Stained Glass, Reims Cathedral sculptures,

Reading Assignment for February 9th  quiz. Kleiner, Concise 4th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: 217-223, 241-242, 249-262, 268-272, 283-294, 301-303, 311, 313-317, 321-323, 329. If you have Kleiner, Third Edition, read Chapter 8 pages 223 to 234 up to Baptistry Competition, page 237, pages 246-247. Read also Chapter 9,  pages 257 to 267, pages 274 through 281. Read also Chapter 10, pages 293 through 304, pages 309 through 313. Read also Chapter 10, pages 323-328. In these chapters please note the following terms:The Medici Family and the Importance of Early Renaissance Florence, Jan van Eyck, Arnolfini Wedding, Linear Perspective and Atmospheric Perspective, Filippo Brunelleschi, High Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Raphael, Madonna in the Meadow, Michelangelo, Counter-Reformation, Mannerism, Giulio Romano, Baroque Art, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini, San Carlo Church in Rome, Caravaggio, Conversion of St. Paul, Rembrandt van Rijn, Artemisia Gentilleschi, Rococo, Germain Boffrand, Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Enlightenment, The Industrial Revolution. Your assignment is the MINIMUM reading you should do to prepare for the quiz and we encourage you to read the entire sections of your book. The quiz however will ask you to define 2 terms from this set of readings.

Also on the quiz will be reading of the publisher's introduction, the introduction and Chapter 1 Paris Magic, all from David Soren's The Rise and Fall of the Horror Film (1997) and the following terms: Robert-Houdin, Lumieres family, Georges Melies, Guillaume Bouguereau.


Additional Reading for the March 7th Midterm (no quiz): Kleiner, Concise 4th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: 331-339, 341-355.If you have the Third Edition, read in Kleiner, chapter 11, pages 332  through 339. Read also Chapter 12, pages 341 through 349, pages 353 through 365, noting Neo-Classicism, Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Jefferson, Romanticism, Delacroix, Ingres, Realism, Gustave Courbet, Manet, Impressionism, The Pre-Raphaelites, John Everett Millais, John Nash,  Development of Photography, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, Louis Daguerre, William Henry Fox-Talbot.. Read also in the Soren, Rise and Fall book chapter two noting material for upcoming lectures before the midterm including the names and terms Van Gogh, Munch, Max Reinhardt, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sigmund Freud,  Die Brucke, Weimar Republic, Hans Poelzig, Stimmung, Fritz Lang, Metropolis, German Depression, Le Corbusier, Hermann Muthesius, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus, F.W. Murnau. Also start reading Soren, Vera- Ellen book, pages 8 to 47, noting who was Vera-Ellen, what were some of Vera's problems as a young girl, how did she become famous, what went wrong with her marriage.

The midterm will be drawn from concepts emphasized primarily in class and which, for the most part, are also found in your reading assignments. Focus on material covered in the review session in class and on the preceptors' review session as well. Remember that the "in class" review session is the one to base your studying on. The preceptor session is their opinion and may contain errors. It is just done as a further help to your studying but could have a few inaccuracies.

Reading Assignment for Quiz on April 6th: Kleiner, Concise 4th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: Chapter 13. If you have the Third Edition, read Kleiner chapter 13, entire chapter, noting Claude Monet, Impressionism, Edouard Manet, Post-Impressionism, Georges Seurat, Pointillism, Vincent Van Gogh, Expressionism, Paul Gauguin, Symbolism, Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, Art Nouveau, American Skyscrapers, Louis Henry Sullivan, .  Also read in Soren, Rise and Fall,, chapters three and six noting Carl Laemmle, Universal Pictures, Karl Freund, Frankenstein, Busby Berkeley, five Hitchcock characteristics (be detailed and specific), Salvador Dali, Surrealism. Read also Soren, Vera-Ellen Book, pages 48- 168 noting Samuel Goldwyn, MGM, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, how famous was Vera-Ellen, The Belle of New York, Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, White Christmas, Bing Crosby, the Rothschilds.

Reading Assignment for Final Quiz on April 20th: Kleiner, Concise 4th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: all of Chapter 14. If you have the Third Edition, read Kleiner, chapter 14 World War I, Dada, Hannah Hoch, Henri Matisse, German Expressionism,  Die Brűcke, Emil Nolde, Vassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Primitivism, Analytical Cubism, Synthetic Cubism, Dada. Marcel Duchamp, Surrealism,  Giorgio De Chircio, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte,  De Stijl, Piet Mondrian, The Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, William Van Alen, Art Deco, Frank Lloyd Wright Read also Soren, Vera-Ellen pages 169-222 noting what happened to the American musical in the 1950s, what is the mystery of Vera-Ellen's baby, how did the media persecute her, did she suffer from anorexia nervosa or OCD and what are they? Also what is your overall assessment of the importance, tragedy and success of Vera-Ellen  and what is her legacy and the lesson to be learned from her life?  Read in Soren, Rise and Fall, chapters 7 (optional), 8, 10 and 11 noting characteristics of sci fi and horror films of the fifties, the threat of television to film and the response of the film industry, Hammer Films. Also note Dr. Soren's comments on film and violence, written 37 years ago. Are they valid today or antiquated, timely or seemingly oversimplistic? His opinions may have changed a bit too!

Final reading in Kleiner, Concise 4th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: Chapter 15, especially pages 411-412, 416-427, 437. If you have the Third Edition, read Kleiner but there is No Quiz. and this reading is for the final examination. Chapter 15, noting World War II,  Post-Painterly Abstraction, Color-Field Painting, Ellsworth Kelly,  Helen Frankenthaler, Op Art, Bridget Riley, Pop Art, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol.

Remember that the final examination is Tuesday, May 2nd in class at 9:30 a.m.

Oversleeping is no excuse to miss it. You must show up unless you have what we consider a valid and acceptable excuse. If you are ill you MUST have a medical statement to get a makeup final. You must report failure to attend the final within 1 day of the examination if you are requesting a makeup for a valid reason. Exams must be turned in when called for at the end of the examination and cannot be turned in after your instructor leaves class.

READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES 14th EDITION A GLOBAL HISTORY - if you chose to buy that larger, more expensive textbook with more in-depth text, these are the pages below.. For the rest of the readings due on the dates below and for the terms you need to know see the regular reading assignments above. These pages below are only to help you if you purchased the 14th edition large version of Gardner's:

For 1-26 read the introduction and pages 104 to 118 top, 128 to 129 left, 132 to 139, 152, 163, 179 to 182, 184-191 top, 203-205, 231, 233-234, 237-244.

For 1-26 read  307-309 left, 317 on Charlemagne, 324-326 top, 331-346, 365-380.

For 2-9-16 read 401, 404, 406-408, 417-419, 421, 535-536, 539-542, 559-563, 565 on perspective, 567, 582, 584, 591, 597, 600-610, 616-617, 632-633, 640, 643, 669-677, 681-684, 766-768, 727-730, 732-734, 736-737 top.

For 3-9 read 745-747, 750-751, 753, 755-758, 761-762, 767-768, 775-776, 780-781, 786, 788-789, 791-792, 796-797.

For 4-7-16 read 799-803, 811-816, 819-823, 828, 830-833

For 4-6 read pages 835-836, 839-841, 844-847, 856-857, , 871-872, 874-878, 880-881m 884-887, 896.

For the final exam and the last reading read pages 897-900, 907-909, 923-926