History of Art in Central Europe
The phenomenon of graphic art. Graphic techniques, original prints and book illustrations. The beginnings of copper plate engraving and woodcuts in Germany. Religious and devotional graphic art, Czech Renaissance graphic art, Baroque graphic art and its main iconographic themes and forms. Graphic production and its evolution during the ‘long’ 19th century.
History of European Graphic Art from the 15th to the 19th Century
The lectures in this course present the development of graphic art in Europe from its beginnings (in the late 15th century) to the turn of the 20th century – a period during which graphic art evolved from a mere reproductive technique to a genuine form of artistic expression in its own right. Exploring works by some of the most prominent graphic artists in history, students trace the evolution of the style and content of graphic production in the context of art history as a whole. The lectures also explain the main graphic techniques and their specific features (woodcuts, copper plate engraving, etching, drypoint, etc.).