618-2033/02 – History of Art I (DVU I)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Metallurgy and FoundryCredits3
Subject guarantorMgA. Alžběta DirnerováSubject version guarantorMgA. Alžběta Dirnerová
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
DIR0013 MgA. Alžběta Dirnerová
STA0219 PhDr. Marie Šťastná, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 3+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Acquired knowledge and skills The student is able to apply the basic terms used while studying architecture and other fields of the art culture both orally and in written form. He/she has basic knowledge of the development of art history science. He/she is oriented in the definition of style periods in architectural and other art production. He/she can differentiate the basic streams and crucial architectural, sculptural and painting works from the beginning of the art history to the Middle-Ages inclusive. He/she will be able to define specific forms in sculpture language and compare them with his/her own work in the field of metal treatment.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The first part of the three-semestral subject. The introduction to problems of the art history is focused on the definition of the study subject, on subjects connected with the art history and also the special terminology. Next lectures are focused on the fundamental historical periods of art from the prehistoric to the Middle Ages inclusive. Particular lectures follow the time axis but do not substitute summarising literature on the visual culture. They choose the only topics in which the visual language changes. Particular parts of the whole cycle will be accompanied with pictures, as the case may be, in electronic form. Students can use some exercises for preparing for the final credit. 80% presence in lessons is necessary and as well as passing the test.

Compulsory literature:

[1] CHING, F. D. K. Architecture: form, space, & order [CD-ROM]. 3rd ed. Hoboken: Wiley, c2007. ISBN 978-0-471-75216-5.

Recommended literature:

[1] BENEŠOVSKÁ, K. Architecture of the gothic. Přeložil Derek PATON. Prague: Prague Castle Administration, 2001. ISBN 80-86161-43-9.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester



Other requirements

80% presence in lessons, continuous studying of literature, activity in continuous partial testing of the knowledge


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to study: specification of the branch and subject of art history studying. Characteristics of the theory, methodology, philosophy of art history and aesthetics. Fundamental points of the subject in time as well as in the interpretation of the art work – from prehistory to the 20th century. 2. The fundamental special terminology for architecture, painting, graphic arts, sculpture and alternative ways of art. 3. The function of a prehistoric art object - examples of archaeological discoveries and their probable relation between them and later visual culture (e.g. archaism or symbol in the modern art). 4. Pre-Hellenic time and art space in the Mediterranean and ancient Egypt; architecture and figurative art and possibilities of their application in the next development (expression of the space, colour, monumentality, human figure, description, symbol etc.). 5. Ancient Greece from the “dark time” to the Hellenistic culture. The construction and the architectural typology; periods in the development of sculpture; the vase painting. 6. The Etruscans and their contribution to the Roman art (Emphasis on the treatment of a metal). Typical examples of the Roman architectural and art cultural and their contribution to the future (representation through the architecture and sculpture, building structure and material, monumental painting etc.). 7. Architecture, depicting art, potentially handicraft between the pagan and Christian culture. Changes in iconography, conversions or transformations or elimination of antic forms in the early Middle-Ages. The Byzantine and Carolingian art culture including some manuscript examples. 8. Otons´ and Roman Europe. Pilgrim routes and cultural net in western Europe. Architecture and sculpture; great French portals. The Middle-Ages metal foundering. 9. Gothic Europe – specific local architectural types. The Gothic cathedral; the development of stonemasonry, and woodcutting; Monumental and board-painting. 10. The Middle-Age art in the Czech historical lands and its connection with the wider European space I; from the 9th century to about 1420. 11. The Middle-Age art in the Czech historical lands and its connection with the wider European space II; the 15th and 16th centuries.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Graded credit Graded credit 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Compulsory attendance at exercises min. 80%.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (B0214A270001) Art Foundry Engineering P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (B0214A270001) Art Foundry Engineering P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0214A270001) Art Foundry Engineering P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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Assessment of instruction

2021/2022 Winter
2020/2021 Winter
2019/2020 Winter