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Part I

Part I is taken at the end of the first year. The papers examined are all compulsory. They comprise:
(1) Paper 1 The Objects of Art History. This survey of Western (and some non-Western) art and architecture introduces students to the History of Art between antiquity and the modern era. It consists of twice-weekly classes throughout the year, with consolidating seminars held periodically. The classes centre on artworks in and around Cambridge with a special emphasis on the collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Paper 1 is examined by one three-hour visual analysis test.

(2) In addition to Paper 1 there are four other compulsory papers taught in month-long sections, which run alongside Paper 1. These are taught in lectures, supervisions and seminars, and for them students will be expected to produce thorough regular written work. The aim of these supervised papers is to offer more detailed insight into specific issues. They consist of:

Papers 2/3 The Making of Art. In two monthly sections, the first devoted to painting and the second to sculpture, issues of manufacture, technique and style are discussed in order to give students a grounding in the physical and aesthetic character of major media and their historical development. To include (for example) Italian medieval and Renaissance painting, drawing and print-making, the history of sculptural techniques, Rodin and Henry Moore.

Papers 4/5 The Meaning of Architecture and Art. Again in monthly sections, these papers are devoted to matters of interpretation, specifically of certain traditions central to understanding the art of the West, namely Classicism and Christianity. Topics may include medieval and renaissance art and architecture across Europe, including all media (e.g. manuscript illumination, stained glass, fresco and sculpture) with a view to understanding the relationship between images, and the use and significance of the Classical Orders of architecture since antiquity.

Papers 2/3 and 4/5 are each examined by two three-hour papers, namely one essay paper and one visual analysis paper each. Visual analysis tests consist of sets of reproductions of works of art gathered into groups which the student compares and contrasts on the basis of detailed scrutiny of the images.

(3) The scheme of assessment for Part I is completed by a short dissertation of not more than 5,000 words on a work of art or architecture in or around Cambridge, submitted in the Easter Term (see General Calendar), whose subject and title may be chosen by the student to suit his or her own range of interests, but which must be approved by the Director of Studies.