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060038 VU Art and Architecture II (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the current covid development, lessons will be held digitally in January.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 17.11. 2020: Due to the lockdown because of the Corona pandemic, which has been in effect since today, teaching will be exclusively digital until Christmas. Please log in to the LVA at the given VO time using the links to the VO units (Big blue button, or collaborate) set up in moodle.

Tuesday 13.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 ZfT Philippovichgasse 11, EG
Tuesday 20.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 ZfT Philippovichgasse 11, EG
Tuesday 27.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 ZfT Philippovichgasse 11, EG
Tuesday 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Objective: To acquire basic knowledge of Egyptian architecture and art objects from the period of the SIP to the Ptolemaic period. To acquire skills in recognizing and assigning objects and buildings to the respective epochs (chronological phases), as well as to follow developments ("styles"). Pictorial materials, plans and building photographs play an important visual role. An overview of the most important sources on the topics is to be achieved.
Content: Egyptian art and architecture from the 2nd Intermediate Period to the Ptolemaic period. With the help of pictures, plans and photographs, examples of the development of buildings and their decoration by sculpture (statues), relief and painting are explained. Architecture includes examples of religious buildings, such as temples and tombs, as well as settlement architecture and palaces. The lecture is structured chronologically and covers the period from about 1600 BC to about 300 BC.

Lectures in combination with exercises. The detailed VU program will be presented at the beginning of the semester and will be accessible via the Moodle learning platform. Additional learning materials will be provided via Moodle.
The course is planned as a classroom course. In case the capacity of the room booked for the course is exceeded by the number of registrations, the course hybrid will be offered (hybrid: division of the course into groups, which take part in the course in weekly rotation in presence or in synchronous-digital form with webinar tool). In case of another lock-down, the course will be switched to purely digital teaching.

Assessment and permitted materials

Requirements for successful participation: PERSONAL PRESENCE of the students is required. Active participation in discussions 20%, essais (written exercises) 30%, presentation of a topic (oral + written) 30%, final test (20%).

ATTENTION: Covid 19 Supplement: The provision of partial services is planned, where possible, in presence; however, in view of the future Covid-19 development, it is possible that these partial services may have to be provided digitally in writing or digitally orally; changes in examination modalities caused by Covid-19 will be announced separately.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 50% is required for a positive assessment.
88 - 100 % 1
75 - 87,99 % 2
62,51 - 74,99 % 3
50 - 62,50 % 4
0 - 49,99 % 5

Examination topics

Content of the lecture and the exercises.

Reading list

Recommended as a base:
Arnold, Dieter,
1992, Die Tempel Ägyptens. Götterwohnungen, Baudenkmäler, Kultstätten. Zürich.
2000, Lexikon der ägyptischen Baukunst,

Elizabeth Blyth, 2006, Karnak: Evolution of a Temple. Routledge, London/ New York.

Hayes, William Cecil, 1959
The Scepter of Egypt. A Background for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part 2: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom. (1978).

Robins, Gay
1986 Egyptian Painting and Relief. Shire Egyptology 3. p. 7-56.
1989 The Art of Ancient Egypt. The British Museum Press. London. p. 12-29.
2001 Egyptian Statues. Shire Egyptology 26.

Russmann, E. R., 2001, Eternal Egypt. Masterworks of Ancient Egypt Art from the British Museum. London

Helen Strudwick, Nigel Strudwick, 1999,
Thebes in Egypt. A guide to the tombs and temples of ancient Luxor. British Museum Press, London

Further topic-specific information will be given in the course of the lecture.

Association in the course directory

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