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Survey Course on Russian Art and Architecture, Part I Fall 2011 01:082:251; index 37404 MW4: 1:10-2:30 p.m. Zimmerli museum’s education room Professor Alla Rosenfeld, Ph.D Office hours: Wednesdays after class ( 2:30- 3:30 pm) and by appointment [email protected] 646-552-2426 Prerequisites There are no prerequisites with regard to previous history courses or courses pertaining to Russia. No knowledge of Russian is required Course Requirements: It is essential that you attend all lectures, since to a considerable degree they will provide the contextual framework and continuity for understanding the course readings. There is no textbook as such which adequately surveys the culture of the whole period. If you miss a class, arrange to get lecture notes or any hand-outs from a classmate. I f you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website // /to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email is automatically sent to me. More than 3 absences will count against your grade. You are also expected to read all the required readings by the date assigned. Readings provide historical information not always covered in class; the texts do not duplicate lectures. Assignments and Grades: Your grades will be based on your attendance, your participation in class discussion, and on the midterm exam and final exam or paper. Midterm exam: This exam tests knowledge of facts, vocabulary and works of art as well as understanding of cultural and artistic issues. The exam covers material from lectures and readings in the period prior to exam; it includes identification of works of art (10 slides), important terms and concepts. Final take-home exam or research paper: You will be required to choose between a take-home final exam (3 questions, essay format) or a final term paper (15 pages, typed and double-spaced). The term paper will be
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a chance to do sustained research on an artist, image, theme, or problem which arouses your curiosity. Course description (The Art and Architecture of Medieval Russia) This course will trace the development of Russian art from the Christianization of Russia in 988 A.D. to the late seventeenth century. Of primary importance is the impact of Byzantium, from which Kievan Rus’ adopted Orthodox Christianity in the 10th century. The course will include a wide range of works and architectural monuments from virtually every major period of Old Russian Art. We will examine regional variations in the culture of early Kievan Rus’ and Novgorod, the response to Mongol Rule, the impact on culture of political consolidation around Moscow beginning in the 15th century, the responses to “westernization” in the 15th-17th centuries, and the transformation in
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