Course detail

History of Art up to 18th Century

FSI-YU3Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course introduces the beginnings of the history of art and its development into the 18th century. Attention is paid to the terminology of art, the characteristics of the styles and their periodization. The study of prehistoric art, the art of antiquity, the art of the Early Christian and Byzantine art, the early Middle Ages, Romanesque and Gothic art (architecture, sculpture, painting, art crafts in European countries and in our country), Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

- The output of the subject is an orientation in the history of fine art from the 18th century with a focus on Europe.
- Knowledge of fundaments of individual movements.
- Knowledge of characterization of individual movements.
- Knowledge of significant representatives of individual movements.


It is assumed basic secondary school knowledge of the history of fine arts in the era of the antiquity, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

GOMBRICH, E.H. The story of art. 16. ed. London: Phaidon, 1995. ISBN 9780714832470.
BEARD, Lee. The art book. New ed.; 2nd ed. rev., expanded and updated. New York: Phaidon Press, 2012. ISBN 0714864676.
HUYGHE, René. Larousse, Umění a lidstvo. Praha: Odeon, 1974. ISBN AS93001
PIJOAN, José.: Dějiny umění 1-8. Praha: Odeon/Euromedia, 1986/2004
RILEY, Noël, ed. Dějiny užitého umění: vývoj užitého umění a stylistických prvků od renesance do postmoderní doby. Praha: Slovart, c2004. ISBN 80-7209-549-8.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The exam examines the knowledge of the development of the visual arts of the period, the relationships and the connections with the previous development and continuity at present. The exam consists of: written test and verbal part. According to the article No. 13 of Study and Examination Rules of Brno University of Technology ECTS evaluation degree scale is used. The course is evaluated with the following grades: ECTS EVALUATION DEGREES / PTS. RATING / NUMERIC RATING: A / 100 - 90 / 1 / Excellent; B /89 - 80 / 1,5 / Very good; C / 79 - 70 / 2 / Good; D / 69 - 60 / Satisfactory; E / 59 - 50 / Sufficient; F / 49 - 0 / 4 / Failed.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Graduates will be able to know the history and theory of fine arts, arts and crafts and design in antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. The subject will expand and deepen the horizons and orientation of students in the history of art from the beginning to the 18th century.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The attendance at lectures is recommended.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-PDS-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction - the fields of fine arts and their characteristics, applied art, Arts and Crafts, periodization, characterization of style, basic concepts (realistic, naturalistic, expressive, abstraction, composition, idealization, linear, geometric, organic,...).
Prehistoric art (paleolithic, neolithic, megalithic structures, functions, sculpture, painting, crafts).
Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Mycenae.
Ancient Greece, the art of the Etrusks, the Romans
Art of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Early Middle Ages (pre-Carolinian, Carolinian).
Romanesque art (architecture, sculpture, painting, artisanal crafts in European countries and in our country).
Gothic (architecture, sculpture, painting, crafts in European countries and in our country).
Early Renaissance - architecture, sculpture, painting and artistic crafts of the Renaissance period in Italy, other European countries, the Renaissance in Bohemia and Moravia.
High Renaissance - Architecture, Sculpture, Painting and Renaissance Art Crafts in Italy.
Mannerism - architecture, sculpture, painting and artistic crafts of the Renaissance period in Italy.
Baroque 1 - architecture and sculpture in the spirit of radical Baroque and Baroque Classicism.
Baroque 2 - painting and arts crafts in the spirit of radical Baroque and Baroque Classicism.
Baroque realism in painting, Rococo - painting and arts.