Introduction to Art History

Name: Introduction to Art History
Code: HIS2714L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: History of the Art

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

To understand the evolution of the artistic forms from the Pre-History to the 21st century, in the context of the time and the space of its creation.
To be capable of identify, characterized and distinguished the aesthetic values of the main currents, styles and trends of the Occidental Art History.
To known fundamental art works and authors of the artistic periods.
To known the dominant principals and theories of the artistic cultural of each historic period.
To be capable of identify and analyzed iconographical and iconological themes, meanings and motifs.
Methodological dominance of concepts and research.
To be capable of discuss the concepts of Art and its utility in the perception and the organization of a worldview.


The Pre-History, Proto-History and first civilizations arts as an introduction to the Art History.
The Greek world and the Roman Art
From the Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The Romanesque. The Gothic and the Late Gothic.
Renaissance and Mannerism. The new social status of the artist and the treatises emergence. The classic ideal paradigm and its overcoming in architecture and sculpture. The individual, the nature, the experience, the science and the space of representation.
Baroque and Rococo: between faith, emotion and reason.
The 19th century: tradition, transgression, revolution and progress. Neoclassicism and Romanticism. From Realism to the Post-Impressionism. Symbolism and Expressionism. Arts and Crafts, Art Noveau and Art Deco. The Chicago School.
Avant-Gardes and the new architectonic international tendencies.
From the Post-War to the beginning of the 21st century. Between Informalism and Action. The return to the Figuration. The New Abstraction. Conceptual Art. Technology and Mega-structures.

Teaching Methods

Expository teaching of key content, using teaching aids, leading to confrontation with the artistic achievements. Oriented monitoring of the learning progress and the expression of knowledge. Study Visits.
The student can choose between the continuous process and the exam. The continuous process includes a test and thematic or iconographic studies and reviews.
Exam and Final Exam.

Teaching Staff