Portuguese Art History Themes
Cod: 32019
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Art History
Total working hours: 195
Total contact time: 25

These is  a fundamentally theoretical course of conceptual order, emphasizing the great moments of historical developments.
Its main objectives reflect on the size of the artwork as an aesthetic testimony, featuring the main aesthetic currents of Western European art in general and Portuguese Art in particular.
Have a diachronic implications, addressing a paradigmatic analysis of exemplary situations of the greatest moments of historical and artistic evolution.

Reading and Interpretation of the Work of Art
Artistic Movement
Modernism and Contemporary Art

Ability to distinguish between episodic artistic phenomena and long sustained trends in space and time.
Observation skills, reading and interpretation of the artwork;

Developing the ability to critique and appreciation of the artwork;

Understand the work of art as an artistic document

General knowledge of the development of different art movements in Europe and Portugal;
Understanding the dynamics of Portuguese Art History as a dialogue between continuities, ruptures and integrations.

The concept of a work of art and reading the work of art within art history
Art and Artists in the Medieval  world. Romanic and Gothic Style
The origin of the Early Modern World. The Renaissance and Mannerism. The Baroque and Rococo
Impressionists and Post-impressionism. The outputs of the twentieth century.
Modernism and the Visual Arts. The avant-garde art and the latest art.

AA VV – História das Artes Plásticas, Sínteses da cultura portuguesa, IN-CM, 1991
ARGAN, Guilio e FAGIOLO, Maurízio – Guia da História de Arte, Editorial Estampa, Lisboa, 1993.
ARNHEIM, Rudolf – Arte e Percepção Visual. Uma Psicologia da Visão Criadora, S. Paulo, 1980.
BAYER, Raymond – História da Estética, Editorial Estampa, 1982.
CALABRESE, Omar – Como se lê uma obra de arte, Edições 70, Lisboa, 1997.
NOTE: along the course will be provided complementary bibliography



The procedures and tools used in this course are consistent with the Pedagogical Model of the UAb, using different activities.
The assessment of this course takes into account the whole student writing throughout the semester production. In the end, the student prepares a work / thesis on a topic of interest related to the course that has a weight of 40% of the total score (corresponding to 8 points). The student must demonstrate the overall acquisition of skills in participation of asynchronous discussions which have a weight of 60 /% (corresponding to 12 values).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet broadband connection and e-mail account.