This course deals with Western cultural history, from Antiquity up until the Enlightenment. Special attention is given to art and architecture, and the connection between both. The interrelatedness of the sociopolitical, scientific, technological and cultural evolutions are discussed. It thus becomes clear that art and architecture never develop from a tabula rasa, but are always the products of specific historical circumstances.
To illustrate this interrelatedness, four recurring themes will be discussed for each historivcal period:
- IMAGE OF (HU)MAN(ITY): architecture a the locus of the individual and society
- WORLD VIEW: architecture as the spatial organisation of society
- VIEW OF LIFE: architecture as a philosophical and ethical field of thinking
- the vision on ART, and its place in all of this.
In relation to these themes it will be illustrated how historical facts and problems can still have their relevance for today's view on architecture and art.