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Taster Materials for Art History

The samples featured here mostly come from OpenLearn and iTunes U. They are taken from various points in the courses - some are relatively simple introductions but others are more complex extracts from the later weeks. Remember you can also view course books and study guides at many public libraries and at OU regional and national centres.

The arts past and present (AA100)
AA100 Benin Bronzes album image

Podcast: The Arts Past and Present: The Benin Bronzes

AA100 Brading Villa album image

Podcast: The Arts Past and Present: Mosaics


Exploring art and visual culture (A226)
  • The OpenLearn unit Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern has three sections focusing on Medieval to RenaissanceAcademy to avant-garde, and Modernity to globalisation.

  • There are also three albums of audio visual content related to each of the three books: 
    Art history: early modern starts with an introduction to studying art history by Dr Steve Edwards. It includes a collection overview (audio) and short videos on stained glass; Islamic religious art (c. 1450-1600); unravelling an icon, which looks at St. George and the boy from Mytiline in the British Museum; an examination of a 16th-century statuette; one woman's vision - a case study of Margaret of Austria's patronage; and a module taster.
    Art history: 17th to 19th centuries includes a collection overview, and videos on Rembrandt's Woman bathing in a stream; Christ Church, Spitalfields; Kedleston Hall; sculpture at Chatsworth; Polynesian art; and a short talk on garden design.
    Art history: modern and contemporary includes a collection overview; short videos on Jacob Epstein's Rock Drill; a photograph by the West African photographer Malick Sidebé; Doris Salcedo's installation Shibboleth in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall; as well as audio files on the move to abstraction and two pieces on abstract expressionism in New York.

  • The module information website asks 'why study art and visual culture?' and suggests how you might prepare to study art history.
A226 early modern album image

Podcast: Early Modern

A226 17-19Cs album image

Podcast: C17th to C19th

A226 modern and contemporary album image

Podcast: Modern and Contemporary

Renaissance Art Reconsidered (AA315)
  • the OpenLearn unit, Art in Renaissance Venice considers how Ventian art was determined by the city's geographical location and ethnically diverse population
  • the course information website answers some frequently asked questions, has information about topical events, and includes advice on preparing for the independent essay.

AA315 St Mark's Square Venice by Paul Wood - photo

MA in Art History

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