Art History (Ancient Art)


The aim of the lectures is to get the students acquainted with the artistic periods included in the program, so that they can understand the historical-artistic conjuncture and recognize the main characteristics of each period  in a perspective of crossing knowledge between History of Art  and Conservation and Restoration.

It is also important for the students to acquire a special sensibility to art in general, since all of their future work will be to preserve that same art.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Catarina Paula Oliveira de Mattos Villamariz


Weekly - 4

Total - 68

Teaching language



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ALTET, Xavier, “The Roman World”, Sculpture, vol. I, Cambridge, Taschen, 1996

BELLIDO, Antonio G. y, Arte Romano, Madrid, 1979

BRUNEAU, Philippe, “Greek Art”, Sculpture, vol. I, Cambridge, Taschen, 1996

JANSON, H., A Nova História da Arte, Lisboa, FCG, 2010

JENKINS, Ian, Greek Architecture and its Sculpture in the British Museum, London, The British Museum Press, 2006

LOWDEN, John, Early Christian & Byzantine Art, London, Phaidon, 1997

PEREIRA, Paulo, Arte  Portuguesa. História Essencial, Lisboa, Temas e Debates, 2011

SCHNAPP, Alain, Préhistoire et Antiquité, Paris, Flammarion, 1997

The Color Of Life, Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present, R. Panzanelli, Los Angeles, The J. P. Getty Museum, 2008

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture, G. Campbell, Oxford University Press, 2007

Teaching method

Introduction to each of the subjects included in the program, through an historical-artistic contextualization of the artistic periods lectured. Development of themes through an approach that includes the analysis of the main artistic currents of each period, such as architecture, sculpture, painting or mosaic, as well as case-studies. Exemplification of specific cases through their visualization by using images during the lectures in order to illustrate the speech. Images give a better perception of the subject and also a better understanding of the work of art. Direct contact with the work of art is promoted whenever possible. Dialog with the students is encouraged, so that they can present any doubts and participate actively in the analysis of the works of art

Evaluation method

Continuous Evaluation | It takes place asynchronously in Moodle - 35% final grade

- 5 Mini-Tests

- 1 Mini group project

- 1 Essay


1 Test   - 35% final grade

1 group project  - 30% final grade

In any evaluation moment, students must also take into consideration the provisions of nº3 of article 10º of the ''Evaluation Rules of FCT NOVA'', “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the evaluation elements of a UC, students directly involved are outright disapproved at UC (…). 

Subject matter

1. Introduction

1/i) History of the Art: what is it? How to understand it? How to analyze a work of art?

2) The Greek Civilization

2/i) The Civilizations of the Aegean Sea: Cycladic art; Minoan art; Mycenaean art.

2/ii) The Greek Culture: civilization and art; Urbanism and Architecture

  - case-study: The Acropolis

2/iii)  Sculpture:  from the archaic period to Hellenism

2/iv) Ceramic

- case-study:  Greek amphora

3) Romant World

3/i) The Beginning: Etruscan art

3/ii) Roman art: the art of the society; Urbanism and Urban Architecture

3/iii) Sculpture of Urban Dimension 

 The Ara Pacis - case-study

3/iv) Portrait in the Republican and Imperial periods

3/v) Painting and Mosaic

Case-StudyVilla dei Misteri

3./vi)  Roman Lusitania: Architecture, Sculpture and Mosaic

- Case-studyTriunfo Indiano de baco, Torre de Palma / Mnarq

4. Transition to Paleo-Christian art

 4/i) Christian religion and a new undestandment of Art;  specificities of paleo-Christian art in the Iberian peninsula

- Case-Study: Galla Placidia''''''''s mausoleum


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