ECTS Catalogue

Analysis of masterpiece

Pedagogue: prof. ASP dr hab. Bogna Łakomska

Field Description
type of classes wykład;
course language Polish;
method of learning outcomes verification

Student receives a score based on the analysis made by him/her on the basis of the reproduction of works of art presented in the form of a slide. Student will have to answer the following tasks:

Describe the historical context of the works

What is the purpose of presented scene

Make a basic description of the construction of the composition

The evaluation criterion is the number of points obtained in the written exam. Scoring: 45-50 A; 44 B +;40-43 B 35-39 C +; 30-34 C; 0-29 D

subject description

Objective cognitive:

Classes are designed to cognition and criticism so that the students could not only respond to a variety of artistic and cultural activities in different continents and different time periods but also to argue their opinions on the analysed works.

Purpose of educating:

Through these classes is planned that the student will acquire the basic skills of analytical and critical

Practical purpose:

The student after completing the course should be aware of the need for continuous professional and personal development


short subject description

The aim of the course is to try to develop the analytical ability of the student related to the understanding of specific works of art, and art in general

form of classes

The lecture consists of the following elements:

-explanation of the purpose of the lecture and mentioning the main points indicating the topic keywords

-multimedia presentation



Within the classes are also organized visits to galleries and museums, where students have the opportunity to analyse the original works of art. Lecturer prepares for students auxiliary tasks.

subject area coverage
  1. Rembrandt: Belshazzar's Feast, c. 1635; Rembrandt: Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp, 1632
  2. Diego Velazquez: Venus with mirror, circa 1646; Rembrandt, The Night Watch, 1642
  3. Diego Velazquez Las meninias, 1656; Jan Steen: The Burgher of Delft and his Daughter, 1655
  4. Antoine Watteau: The shop-sign for the art dealer Gersaint, 1720-1721; Charles le Brun: Chancellor Seguier, after 1660
  5. Jean Francois de Troy: Reading Molière, c. 1728; Jean Simeon Chardin: Laundress, 1733
  6. Thomas Gainsborough: Mr and Mrs Andrews, 1749; Antoine Watteau: Fetes Galantes, c. 1717;
  7. William Hogarth: Marriage A-la-Mode, c. 1743; Giandomenico Tiepolo: Menuet, ok. 1754;
  8. Jacques-Louis David: The Death of Marat, 1793; Sir Joshua Reynolds: George Clive with his family and an Indian Maidservant, c. 1765
  9. Francisco de Goya: The Family of Charles IV, 1800; Francisco Goya: The Duchess of Alba, 1797
  10. Carl Spitzweg: The Poor Poet, 1839; Eugene Delacroix: Women of Algiers in their Apartments, 1834
  11. Edgar Degas: The Rehearsal on the Stage, 1873; Adolph Menzel: The greatest amateur musician of the nation, 1850/1852
  12. Arnold Böcklin: The Isle of the Dead, 1880; Gustave Caillebotte: Paris Street, Rainy Day, 1877
  13. James Ensor: Christ's Entry into Brussels, 1888; Georges Seurat: Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884/86
  14. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Potsdamer Platz, 1914; Otto Dix: Metropolis, 1928
  15. Diego Rivera: Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, 1948; Marc Chagall: White Crucifixion, 1938


evaluation form credit with grading;

Bibliography mandatory:

Arasse Daniel, On n'y voit rien. Descriptions, 2000

D' Alleve Anne, Methods and Theories of Art History

Hagen Rose- Marie & Rainer, What Great Paintings Say, 2 vols. Ed. Taschen 2005

Hugh Honour and John Fleming, A World History of Art, London 1995

Rzepińska Maria, Seven centuries of European painting, 1991 (Dziewięć wieków malarstwa europejskiego)

Additional bibliography:

Dana Arnold, Art History. A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2004 

Białystocki Jan, Art More Precious than Gold (Sztuka Cenniejsza niż złoto), 2008

Białostocki Jan, Pięć wieków myśli o sztuce, 1976 (Five centuries of thinking about art)

Dipti Desai and others, History as art, art as history: contemporary art and social studies education. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2009 .

Fabiani Bożena, Gawędy o sztuce, dzieła, twórcy, mecenasi, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo PWN, 2011 (Stories of art, works, authors, patrons),

Erich Gombrich, The Story of Art, 1950 (Polish edition: 2008)

Recommended materials available online:

placement/internships (connected with field of study/subject area), artistic plein-airs lack of data
entry requirements
formal requirements

Passed previous semester

preliminary assumptions

Basic knowledge of history and art history

learning outcomes
social competences

Student has the ability to self-esteem, as well as he/she is capable of constructive criticism of social, scientific and ethical actions in a field of his/her professional interests

K_K06 (według KRK MINoS)

Student is able to use the basic theories to analyse the motives and patterns of creative behavior and strategies for practical action in relation to the activities of the culture

K_U01 (według KRK MINoS)

Student has elementary analytical and animation skills allowing him/her to analyse and construct simple cultural processes

K_U03 (według KRK MINoS)

Student can accurately and coherently, using specialist language, express in speech and in writing,moreover using a variety of channels and techniques of information he/she is able to express him/herself on selected issues in the field of culture and art

K_U05 (według KRK MINoS)

Student is familiar with the methodology and terminology used in the elementary teachings on art, culture and philosophy. He/she understands its source and use

K_W01 (według KRK MINoS)

Student knows and understands the role in shaping the culture and civilization of the various disciplines and sub-disciplines related to arts education - especially science and art, the humanities, including philosophy of culture and aesthetics

K_W03 (według KRK MINoS)

Studies List

studies status Time<br>[h] ECTS form credit
Fine Arts Education / Cultural Animation s.4 r 30 1 L 30h
L [Z st.]

Semester 2017/18-SS (Z-winter,L-summer)
Course code: #35.6250