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Throughout human history, art has served as a window into current events, traditions, societies and culture. And, Chinese and Western civilizations have produced some of the most famous artworks by world-renowned artists. This course will examine Western and Chinese art, artists and history. Through exploring immortal works of art, learners gain from our shared history and better understand culture, both past and present.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: edX

Course Curriculum

A survey of Art: Subjects and Methodology
Factual impairment between image and message 00:09:00
Relationship between Fact and Truth 00:06:00
The image revelry in the information age 00:05:00
Nature, animal and human body art 00:04:00
Art: from concrete bodies to metaphorical constructions 00:05:00
On defining art 00:12:00
Globalization and Consumerism 00:05:00
Art and Anti-art 00:06:00
The value classics hold to the modern time 00:04:00
The Dawn of Icon: Masterpieces by Unknown Artists
The occurrence of prehistoric art 00:05:00
Mysterious cave mural paintings 00:05:00
Symbolism of rock engravings 00:03:00
Expressive functions about prehistoric painting 00:06:00
Aesthetic characters of prehistoric art 00:10:00
The tribal art of bodily operation 00:16:00
The construction to reach the heaven 00:19:00
Immortal art in ancient Egyptian 00:11:00
Mythological creation of beauty: From Homer to Phidias
The relationship between mythology and Greek culture 00:08:00
The marks of the epics written by Homer 00:08:00
Three greatest tragedy drammatists in Greece 00:08:00
The aesthetics woven into ancient Greek architecture 00:13:00
The ancient Greek sculpture 00:05:00
The Greek sculpture of the classic age 00:10:00
Works of Phidias 00:07:00
The essence and verve of ancient Greek classical art 00:14:00
Majesty and Divinity: From Bronze Ware to Han Stone Rrelief
The beginning of Chinese painting and Calligraphy 00:06:00
Majesty and divinity from bronze ware 00:09:00
The Duke Mao Tripod and eternal characters 00:06:00
The Philosophy of Chuang Tzu 00:08:00
Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors 00:05:00
The painting in the Han Dynasty 00:09:00
The sculpture in the Han Dynasty 00:05:00
Grief and Transcendence: Wang Xizhi and Gu Kaizhi
Master Chuang Tzu’s impact on the Wei and Jin Dynasties 00:09:00
单元 00:05:00
The general spirit of the Wei and Jin Dynasties 00:11:00
Wang Xizhi and his unrivalled attainment in calligraphy 00:08:00
A Preface to the Orchid Pavilion 00:15:00
The penmanship of two famous calligraphers surnamed Wang 00:05:00
Gu Kaizhi and his painting 00:10:00
Great poet Tao Yuanming 00:05:00
Unrestrained-ness and unconventional-ness: Zhang Xu and Wu Daozi
The Chan School in the Tang dynasty 00:15:00
“Cursive King”: Zhang Xu 00:07:00
《Four Calligraphy Works of Ancient Poems》 00:06:00
单元 00:06:00
单元 00:13:00
Wang Wei and Chinese landscape painting 00:10:00
The relation of painting and poetry 00:05:00
Earthliness and Holiness: Giotto and Jan Van Eyck
The beginning of Renaissance: Giotto 00:16:00
Giotto’s naturalism 00:10:00
The frescoes in the Arenal Chapel 00:12:00
The Renaissance artist in north Europe: Robert Campin 00:10:00
The Ghent Altarpiece 00:14:00
Jan Van Eyck’s secular paintings 00:08:00
The Blossoming of Holiness: From Da Vinci to Titian
The beauty of dawn during Renaissance 00:10:00
The reproducer of nature: Da Vinci 00:09:00
The immortal work Mona Lisa 00:13:00
The classicism of Raphael 00:10:00
The Sistine Chapel ceiling 00:07:00
The mythology and sculpture of Moses 00:05:00
Michelangelo’s struggle between life and death 00:08:00
The perceptual Titian and Venice 00:08:00
Nature and Human Nature: Rubens, Poussin and Rembrandt
Rubens and the Baroque Art 00:09:00
Poussin and his classical spirit 00:06:00
Rembrandt and his aptitude of wielding light and shadow 00:05:00
Rembrandt in his self-portrait 00:06:00
Vermeer and his painting 00:04:00
Verve and Character: From Wang Wei to Ni Zan
Landscape painting from the Five Dynasties period to the Northern Song Dynasty 00:12:00
Creating painting out of poetry by Emperor Huizong of Song 00:04:00
Viewing the small through the large 00:07:00
Combining the tangible with the intangible 00:06:00
The atmosphere of freedom, detachedness and ease of landscape painting 00:05:00
Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains 00:11:00
Friendliness in Ni Zan’s painting 00:07:00
A pristine and boundless world in Ni Zan’s painting 00:02:00
Personality and Love for Ridicule: Xu Wei the Lunatic
The origin and expression of the madman culture 00:13:00
The madman Li Zhi 00:15:00
Xu Wei: from gifted scholar to mad man 00:09:00
The aesthetic ideology of Xu Wei 00:12:00
Xu Wei’s notions and theories on painting practise 00:07:00
Miscellaneous Plants and Flowers 00:08:00
Drunkenness in Xu Wei’s art 00:08:00
The Transition of Classicism: From David to Courbet
Winckelmann 00:14:00
Neoclassical master: David 00:06:00
The Death of Marat 00:04:00
The Intervention of the Sabine Women 00:07:00
The aestheticism works by Ingres 00:11:00
The contrast between photography and paintings 00:11:00
Courbet and realism 00:06:00
The Philosophy and Painting of Romanticism
Rousseau and emotionalism 00:07:00
Kant’s view about the beautiful and the sublime 00:06:00
Goethe, from Werther to Faust 00:08:00
Byron, romantic hero 00:05:00
The painting laws of Romanticism 00:04:00
John Constable 00:06:00
The world of Turner 00:05:00
Experience and Contemplation: Van Gogh and Cézanne
Western modernism and Rodin 00:06:00
单元 00:05:00
Painting conception of Manet 00:04:00
Impressionism of Monet 00:05:00
Cezanne:the Father of the art of modernism 00:12:00
Van Gogh:painting and life 00:10:00
The art value of Van Gogh 00:05:00
Boundless Art: From Marcel Duchamp to Andy Warhol
art modernism 00:06:00
porcelain urinal of Marcel Duchamp 00:04:00
This is not a pipe 00:05:00
The great innovation artist: Picasso 00:07:00
the infinity of art 00:06:00
the art after Andy Warhol 00:05:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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