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Medieval Art is great if art history is your forte, but if it's not, this is a subject that many would probably think is boring. However, Professor Gerstel is an outstanding speaker! She engages with her audience and incorporates the modern-day relevance of the art as much as possible. She essentially makes a boring subject into an interesting and entertaining topic. A great part about her is that she totally WANTS you to succeed. In multiple lectures, she explicitly stated that she would fight the department if she had to to give as many people A's as possible.
Now, just because she is an amazing person and the course is generally easy, don't assume you will be doing absolutely nothing. Honestly, don't try to sidestep the readings; just do them and write the (easy) papers in a way that makes sense and you will be just fine. For the written papers, the grading generally depends on your TA. Luckily, I had Cami (the deaf one) who was really sweet and graded really easily. Some of my other friends, on the other hand, got a TA whose average grade was a B. Overall, just make sure you go to a TA office hour to go over ideas and editing and you will be fine.
As for the identification and essay exams, they were very manageable. Definitely go to every lecture and review the main elements that show up in a lot of the art. Usually, Gerstel will point out which of the art motifs are important. Not as many people did too well on the first exam, so she made the second exam significantly easier. However, I will warn that she usually makes the last essay a little trickier (yet still manageable).
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this course! As a south campus major, I appreciated the manageable workload and the extremely different environment of a north campus class. I recommend this class, whether you're into art history or not.
Side note: Just remember to go to lecture. At one of the final review sessions, there was this frat guy who obviously never went to class who asked a really obscure, irrelevant question about sculptures and it was just embarrassing lol.
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