Maricopa Community Colleges  ARH101   20036-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 3-25-2003

ARH101  2003 Fall – 2011 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Prehistoric through Gothic Art

History of art from prehistoric through medieval period.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ARH101  2003 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Prehistoric through Gothic Art



Identify stylistic characteristics of art from many parts of the world from the Prehistoric Period through the Middle Ages. (I-XII)


Define and use art historical terminology. (I-XII)


Identify various visual elements of works of art from around the world, and explain how one uses these to analyze and evaluate works of art. (I-XII)


Describe various techniques and materials used in creating sculpture, paintings, and architecture from around the world. (I-XII)


Identify key works by various painters, sculptors and architects from around the world. (I-XII)


Critically compare and contrast various works of art from around the world. (I-XII)


Identify and analyze global works of art that demonstrate the variety and interdependence of the art of different cultures. (I-XV)


Describe the geography, history, religion, politics, and artifacts of various cultures around the world. (I-XV)

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ARH101  2003 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Prehistoric through Gothic Art


I. Prehistoric Art (Art, Animals, and Magic)

A. Paleolithic

B. Neolithic

II. Art of the Ancient Near East (Art, Mythology, Religion, and Law)

A. Sumerian and Neo-Sumerian

B. Akkadian

C. Babylonian and Neo Babylonian

D. Assyrian

E. Persia

III. Ancient Egypt (Art, Religion, and the Afterlife)

A. Predynastic art

B. Old Kingdom

C. Middle Kingdom

D. New Kingdom

E. Later period

IV. Art of the Aegean (Art, Mythology, Religion, and Archeology)

A. Cycladic art

B. Minoan art

C. Mycenaean art

V. Ancient Greek (Art, Religion/Mythology, Archeology, and Philosophy)

A. Greek Humanism, Mythology and Philosophy

B. Geometric and Orientalizing Periods (9th-7th B.C.)

C. Archaic Period (6th B.C.)

D. Early and High Classical Periods (5th B.C.)

E. Late Classical Period (4th B.C.)

F. Hellenistic Period (323-31 B.C.)

VI. Arts of Asia (Art, Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, and Confucianism)

A. India

B. Southeast Asia

C. China

D. Japan before Buddhism

E. Buddhist Japan

VII. Ancient Roman (Art, Government, Politics, and Society)

A. Art before the Roman: the Etruscans

B. The Republic

C. Pompeii of the Cities of Vesuvius

D. The Early, High and Late Empire

VIII. Late Antiquity (Art, Religion, Politics, and History)

A. Late Antiquity

B. Catacombs and funerary art

C. Architecture and mosaics

IX. Art of Byzantine (Art, East-West Religion, Politics)

A. Byzantine art

1. Early Byzantine Art (527-726)

2. Middle and Late Byzantine Art (843-1453)

X. Islamic Art (Art, Religion, Mythology, and the Mosque)

A. Rise of Islam and Early Islamic Art

B. Later Islamic Art

XI. Ancient America (Art, Society, Ballgame)

A. Mesoamerica

B. South America

XII. African Art (Art, Society)

A. Beliefs, Chronology, Worldview

B. Various periods and areas in Africa

XIII. Early Medieval Art in the West (Art, Society, Politics, and Religion)

A. Dark ages

B. Hiberno-Saxon art

C. Carolingian art

D. Ottonian art

XIV. Romanesque Art (Art, Society, Religion, Pilgrimages, and Crusades)

A. Architecture

B. Sculpture

C. Painting

XV. Gothic Art (Art, Society, Religion, and Politics)

A. Architecture

B. Sculpture

C. Painting


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