Ch 15: Visual Art Through the 17th Century

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Visual Art Through the 17th Century - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we've created short, engaging video lessons that outline visual art through the 17th century. As you watch these videos, you'll study the mosaics of Byzantine art, the style of Roman art and the symbolism of early Christian art, plus ancient Egyptian art history. Additional areas covered include the art and architecture of Ancient Persia; pottery, sculpture and art from Ancient Greece; and famous painters from the Baroque period. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Detail the characteristics of Baroque sculpture
  • Discuss the lives of Michelangelo and da Vinci
  • Identify important paintings and sculptures of Renaissance art
  • Explain the use of art in the Protestant Reformation
  • Describe the style of Gothic painting
  • Define the characteristics associated with Gothic sculpture and stained glass
  • Discuss the history of Carolingian art

Our video lessons are self-paced and easily navigable by timeline tags if you'd like to go back and review a specific section of a video over again. Help from one of our experts is available in the Dashboard if you have any questions as you move through the chapter. If you prefer to study offline, take advantage of our lesson transcripts to make printed study guides.

15 Lessons in Chapter 15: Visual Art Through the 17th Century
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Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

1. Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

This lesson covers Byzantine art and explains the difficulties of imposing artistic periods. Justinian is introduced as the man behind the Byzantine Golden Age. We explore the interesting dynamic between Byzantine imperialism and Christian religion. Finally, we take a brief look at eastern religious icons.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

2. Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

This lesson offers a basic outline of Roman art. We begin by examining the Greek roots of Roman art. Then, we look at the three predominant forms of Roman art: sculpture, murals and mosaics.

Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

3. Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

This lesson covers the development of early Christian art. We begin in the catacombs of Rome, looking at early Christian frescoes. We then move to later sarcophagi. A brief survey of early Christian mosaics follows, and we close with the fine art of illuminated manuscripts.

Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

4. Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

This lesson provides a brief look at the exquisite art of the Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian art contains images of people and deities that represent the culture in which they lived.

Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

5. Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

This lesson explores the artwork of one of the most powerful and expansive empires in history: the Persian Empire. Persian artwork contained vivid imagery that recorded the success of the Persian kings in battle and their cultural tendencies.

Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

6. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.

Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists

7. Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists

This lesson covers the development of Baroque painting as it spread across Europe. We explore the works of Caravaggio in Italy, Velazquez in Spain, Rubens in Belgium, Lorrain in France and Rembrandt in Holland.

Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style

8. Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style

In this lesson, we explore the development of Baroque sculpture across Europe, from the creations of the Italian genius, Bernini, to France and the sculptural excellence of Puget's glorified King Louis XIV. We'll also stop in Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

9. Michelangelo: Biography and Works

This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

10. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

11. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

12. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.

Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

13. Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

This lesson follows the development of two trends in Gothic painting: realism and perspective. We explore the origins of these movements in Italian Gothic masters, like Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti Brothers, and their later expression in Northern European illuminations.

Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

14. Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

In this lesson, we cover the development of Gothic architectural decoration, specifically decorative sculpture and stained glass windows. You'll learn about Gothic use of stained glass and the evolution of sculpture from Romanesque decoration to Gothic statues.

Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

15. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.

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