Course: Introduction to the Theory of Sculpture

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Course title Introduction to the Theory of Sculpture
Course code DVU/UTSPU
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Pavlíček Martin, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
01 / "... that sends a glow of marble" (Pliny) Terminology, techniques and materials in sculpture 02 / "Arise, make us gods" (Ex 32, 1) Statues in myths, religions, allegories and symbols 03 / Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Laughing artist (1774-1783) Sculptors and their artistic and social personality 04 / Leon Battista Alberti, Della sculture (1464) Treatises on sculpture and sculptors 05 / Wed Lukas Bruderschaft Academy sculptural guilds and brotherhoods

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Homework for Teaching - 6 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 12 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Introductory lecture is devoted to the etymology of the concepts and terminology in the field of sculpture. Subsequently, the students clarified kinds of sculptures in terms of techniques, materials and tasks. Further discuss the role of sculpture and sculptors in ancient mythology and Judeo-Christian tradition. The following lectures pursuing Sculptors position in contemporary society and their contribution to the formation of theories of art and literature of the sculpture.
Basic orientation in the topic.
Immatriculation to the bachelor degree of the History of Art.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam

Basic knowledge memorized topics documented in the written test.
Recommended literature
  • Bible.
  • Alberti, L. B. (1947). O malbě. O soše. Praha.
  • Brilliant, R. (2000). My Laocoön - alternative claims in the interpretation of artworks. University of California Press .
  • Dubay, G. - Daval, J.-L. (ed.). Sculpture. From Antiquity to the Present Day. Köln - London - Madrid - New York - Paris - Tokyo 1996..
  • Montagu, J. (1989). Roman baroque sculpture: the industry of art. New Haven ? London .
  • Ovidius. (1974). Proměny. Praha.
  • Pope-Hennessy, J. (1996). Italian Renaissance Sculpture. London.
  • Pötzl-Malíková, M. (2004). F. X. Messerschmidt a záhada jeho charakterových hláv. Bratislava.
  • Vasari, G. (1977). Životy nejvýznačnějších malířů, sochařů a architektů I, II. Praha.
  • Wittkower, R. (1991). Bernini. The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque. London.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Science of Arts (2015) Theory and history of arts 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Science of Arts (2015) Theory and history of arts 1 Winter