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EThere are 3 classes a week for the members of this seminar, one of which is a lecture and the others are seminars for either undergraduates or postgraduates. These contents are primarily focused on the History of Western Art, and besides, we usually relate any topics with Japanese or Eastern Art to widen our knowledge. EIn the last semester, the lecture was programmed that we could master how each categorised artworks, such as religious paintings, portraits and still-life paintings, have developed. For instance, the lecture about still-life paintings began with ones in the Ancient Age and ended with Pop Art. The seminar for the undergraduates is based on reading an English text. Each time, one of the students is to make a presentation on the assignment. Here he/she should refer to the works which are printed on the text and those artists as well as its translation. We selected the exhibition cataloguegShadows" (selected and written by E.H.Gombrich, The National Gallery, 1995 4-6, National Gallery Publications, London) in the last semester, and through this, we acquired the wide view on the expression made by the shadow in the History of Art. EOn the other hand, in the seminar for postgraduates, we use some Italian texts. In the last second semester, for example, each student picked up one art term from gDizionario dei termini artistici (Dictionary of art terms)", which is required to have some reference to his own major, then made a presentation as well, quoting other resourses. EAs for writing theses and dissertations, our supervisor gives us comments and advices indivisually anytime we ask or submit our reports. EMoreover, in the seminar, we have to present the result of our studies several times in a year. That is a good opportunity to get another point of view and solve the problems. Fundamentally, the study of History of Art should stand on the fieldwork. Therefore, we visit any kind of museums around Kinki area at least once or twice a month. The students from History of Eastern Art usually join us. There, our supervisor makes "Gallery Talk" (explanation of the works exhibited) for us, and sometimes, students are also required to do. EOn the whole, owing to this frequent communication between the supervisor and the students, we can always feel the heart-warming atmosphere and enjoy studying here. Kobe University is very famous for its open-mindedness, and we are sure that our seminar exemplifies this character most significantly. Come and join us!! Everybody's welcome!

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