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Prague Art and Architecture - OBZO16
Title: Prague Art and Architecture
Guaranteed by: Děkanát (41-DEKAN)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2011
Semester: both
E-Credits: 4
Hours per week, examination: 2/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Miroslava Černochová, CSc.
Class: Volitelné předměty pro PS
Aim of the course

This course gives students a basic orientation in the history of western art from the Medieval Ages to the contemporary period through the architecture and art of Prague. The city is seen as a virtual open-air museum and a life-size 3-D reading book; therefore the classroom lectures are combined with regular excursions throughout the city.

Students learn to understand the specific language of architecture and fine art. They are encouraged to acquire knowledge through their own activities (such as sketchbooks and presentations), expected to show interest in the history of art, to attend libraries, come prepared to the lectures and show an ability of independent study. Readings prepared specifically for this course are available on the University web-site. (Parents and friends are welcomed to join the lecture by prior arrangement with the lecturer.)

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)

Bibliography - Readings are selected from:

Klára Benešovská, Ivan Prokop Muchka, Jiří T. Kotalík, Pavel Zatloukal, Zdeněk Lukeš, Ten Centuries of Architecture, Prague 2001.

Jiří Fajt, "Charles IV: Toward a New Imperial Style", Prague, the Crown of Bohemia 1347-1437, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005, p. 3-16.

"Late Gothic Art in Bohemia, The Art of the Court Circle from 1471-1526", Pozdně gotické umění v Čechách, Odeon, Praha, 1978, p. 520-529.

Eliška Fučíková, "Prague Castle under Rudolf II, His Predecessors and Successors" Rudolph II and Prague, London, 1997, p. 2-71.

Pavel Vlček, "Architecture in Prague 1550-1650", Rudolph II and Prague, London, 1997, p. 345-352.

Mojmír Horyna, "Baroque Architecture", The Glory of the Baroque in Bohemia, p. 78-131.

Czech Modern Art 1900-1960, National Gallery Guide, Prague 1995.

Steven A. Mansbach, Modern Art in Eastern Europe, Cambridge University Press, 1998, p. 56-82.

Jaroslav Anděl, "In Search of Redemption: Visions of Beginning and End", Czech Modernism, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995, p. 15 - 33.

Vladimír Šlapeta, Czech Functionalism, London, 1987, p. 8 - 13.

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Requirements to the exam

Students will be evaluated through the following assignments :

Class presentation (25%), quizzes (15%), final test (25%).

Students are required to participate actively on the course. Besides several quizzes and a comprehensive final test, each student is supposed to give a presentation on a chosen topic, consulted with the lecturer in advance. The presentation may be given in the class or preferably outside. If in clasroom, students can use powerpoint, but any, even simple, photo viewer is accepted. After presenting, a paper with complete bibliographical notes is due, about 5 - 10 pages long.

Sketchbook (20%): Please be as creative as you can! Have a sketchbook and a pencil always on you.

Class participation (15%) is considered classroom activity. Students are regularly questioned about the past lectures and readings prior to each lecture. Attendance is mandatory, and so is consistent class preparation and active participation. A single absence will not adversely affect the grade but more than that will automatically lower it. In addition, exam dates cannot be changed for any reason.

Format of Examination

The exam consists of image identifications. It is based on the material assigned in the readings, classroom lectures and field trips. The student will not be examined on any information not found in the required reading or presented either in class lectures or during the field trips.

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)

Course Schedule

Class 1 Introduction

(Premyslid and Luxemburg Dynasty; characteristics of romanesque and gothic architecture; Charles IV. and Petr Parler)

Visits: Prague Castle, esp. St Vitus Cathedral

Class 2

Medieval Art (Old Town Bridge Tower - Parler; Early Gothic Architecture; Late Gotic Art -Monogramist IP; High Gothic Painting - Master of Vyšší Brod Altarpiece, Magister Theodoricus, Master of Třeboň Altarpiece)

Visits: House at the Stone Bell, Tyn Church, St Agnes Monastery

Required readings (class 1 & 2): Romanesque Architecture, Architecture of the Gothic

Optional readings (class 1 & 2): Prague the Crown of Bohemia

Class 3

Late Gothic & Renaissance Art (Benedikt Ried)

Visits: Old Royal Palace, Belveder, Ball Game Hall

Required readings: Architecture of the Renaissance

Optional readings: Late Gothic and Early Renaissance

Class 4

Rudolphinian Mannerism, the Court of Rudoph II

Introduction into the Baroque Art - classroom lectures

Readings: Architecture in Prague, 1550-1650

Rudolf II

Class 5

Baroque Art: Jean Baptiste Matthey (architect); High Baroque Sculpture (Braun and Brokoff)

Walk at Stare Mesto (Charles Bridge, St Francis Church, St Norbert Church, Italian Chapel, St Kliment Church)

Required readings (class 5 & 6): Architecture of the Baroque

Optional readings (class 5 & 6): The Glory of Baroque in Bohemia

Class 6

Dynamic baroque architecture and its origins (Dientzenhofer, Santini); Prague baroque palaces

Walk at Malá Strana, Hradčany and Nový svět (St Thomas Church, St Nicolas Church, palaces and church in Nerudova Street, Hradschin Square Palaces, Czernin Palace, Loreta, St John of Nepomuk Church)

Class 7

19th Century - From Clasicism through Realism to Romantism & Historism; Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Decadence

Required readings: Architecture of the 19th Century

(class 7-11) : Czech Modern Art 1900-1960

Class 8

Introduction to the 20th Century Art

Visits: Veletržní palác, NG - 19th and 20th Century art

Readings (class 8-11): Architecture of the 20th Century

Class 9

Czech Cubist Art & Architecture

Visits: House at the Black Madonna (Dům u Černé Matky Boží) and discussion in the Cubist Café

Class 10

Art Between the Wars - the First Czecoslovak Republic (Functionalism, Surrealism, Art Deco, Plečnik, Sutnar, Pešánek) and Postwar and Contemporary Art - classroom lectures

Class 11


Contemporary Art

Visits: Kristof Kintera´s studio - Meets Factory

Class 12

Questions and remaining presentations

Journals due. Final Exam.

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Registration requirements

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Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
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