New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Introduction: Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26)

by: Stephanie Rivo

Introduction: Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26) AH 110

Marketplace > University of Illinois at Chicago > Art History > AH 110 > Introduction Week 1 Reading Aug 22 26
Stephanie Rivo

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

These notes summarize the main points and structure of the Introduction chapter in Stokstad's "Art History: Volume 1" 5th Edition
World History of Art and the Built Environment
Omur Harmansah
Class Notes
Art, history, ArtHistory
25 ?




Popular in World History of Art and the Built Environment

Popular in Art History

This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Stephanie Rivo on Thursday August 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to AH 110 at University of Illinois at Chicago taught by Omur Harmansah in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 76 views. For similar materials see World History of Art and the Built Environment in Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago.


Reviews for Introduction: Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26)


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 08/25/16
Introduction Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26) Art history is a combination of two words. To explain “Art History,” the author first explains “Art,” then how it applies to “History.” This is where the two main sections that follow come from: What is Art?​ and ​What is Art History? What is Art? In the traditional sense... Art is mainly associated with what is “beautiful” ​(Pro​ fesso​r said he h​ ates this word). Quotes in the reading ❖ “...the quality, production, expression, or realm of what is beautiful, or of more than ordinary significance.” - Random House Dictionary (quoted in reading) ❖ “Something human made that combines creative imagination and technical skill, and satisfies an innate desire for order and harmony--perhaps a human hunger for the beautiful.” But in modern/contemporary art... Things like “beauty. ordered design, or technical skill,” are no longer necessary. The new goal of art in our time is more towards making people think. Quotes in the reading ❖ “The focus is often far from questions of transcendent beauty, ordered design, or technical skill, and centers instead on the conceptual meaning of work for an elite target audience or the attempt to pose challenging questions or unsettle deep-seated cultural ideas.” Art in this book... Are representations (artifacts) of past and present cultures. Generally when something is considered art, it’s because has more purpose to it than just a use/function. Quotes in the reading ❖ “The works of art discussed in this book represent a privileged subset of artifacts produced by past and present cultures.” ❖ “Labeling objects as art is usually meant to signal that they transcended or now transcend in some profound way their practical function, often embodying cherished cultural ideas or asserting foundational values.” Art’s interpretation and value changes over time. We, as interpreters, “are conditioned by our own education and experience.” “...definitions of art and artistic value are subject to change over time.” Example! ​(Not sure if I’m allowed to include images… google the name! ;D) Rothko’s “MAGENTA, BLACK, GREEN, ON ORANGE” (fig Intro-1) 1. Considered “the epitome of artistic sophistication” (very respected art piece) 2. General p​ ublic was skeptical​ because... a. No technical skill b. No clear subject (what the heck was it about???) c. “That’s not art, my child could do it!” 3. Rothko explained that he purposely wanted to capture ​childlike​ qualities. a. This justification brought global appreciation for the abstract artwork Art isn’t always made by artists! :o We, as interpreters, “are conditioned by our own education and experience.” “...definitions of art and artistic value are subject to change over time.” Example! Martha Knowles & Henrietta Thomas’ “MY SWEET SISTER EMMA” (fig Intro-2) 1. A friendship quilt > Quilts at the time were only meant to be functional a. Simple composition with blocks of color arranged in a pattern 2. Made in 1843 (​ for general reference. Don’t stress about memorizing that date.) 3. In 1971 (​over 100 years later​), quilts were compared to Rothko’s painting a. Quilts were accepted as art, and hung in museums!! 4. Political discussion was sparked >​ ​“the definition of art had to be broadened” Closing thought: “Definitions of art are rooted in cultural systems of value that are subject to change.” Different context, different definition of “art” :) Hope you found this helpful! If I can, I’ll be updating this to include the second portion, “What is Art History?” soon. Hopefully my format of note taking and summarization work for you. I’ll be uploading not​ very Friday night!​ So stay tuned if you can. Thanks for reading!


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

25 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Bentley McCaw University of Florida

"I was shooting for a perfect 4.0 GPA this semester. Having StudySoup as a study aid was critical to helping me achieve my goal...and I nailed it!"

Janice Dongeun University of Washington

"I used the money I made selling my notes & study guides to pay for spring break in Olympia, Washington...which was Sweet!"

Jim McGreen Ohio University

"Knowing I can count on the Elite Notetaker in my class allows me to focus on what the professor is saying instead of just scribbling notes the whole time and falling behind."

Parker Thompson 500 Startups

"It's a great way for students to improve their educational experience and it seemed like a product that everybody wants, so all the people participating are winning."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.