This course surveys Western art and architecture from the Paleolithic to the end of the Middle Ages. Training in visual analysis is emphasized, as are the historical context, religious beliefs, and social conditions in which the artwork was produced. This is primarily a lecture class, though discussion is encouraged. Requirements include slide examinations and short papers. No prerequisite.
This course will survey art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Framing the study of art history within a social context, this course will provide students with the tools for understanding style and interpreting meaning in individual works of art. Although this is a lecture format, discussion is encouraged. Requirements include quizzes, exams, and short papers. No prerequisite.
This introductory lecture course introduces the student to the study of the practical and theoretical principles governing architecture. Classical, Gothic, and modern styles are considered. Students study the text Architecture from Prehistory to Post-Modernism, by Trachtenberg and Hyman. Three one-hour examinations and one final examination are assigned. No prerequisite.
This course explores the highlights of Asian art, focusing on India, China, and Japan. The class will also briefly cover Central Asia, Bengal, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Cambodia, Java, and Korea. Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and other Asian beliefs will be explained in the context of how they affect Asian art. Types of artwork examined will include painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and some architecture and gardens. The text for the class is Sherman E. Lee's A History of Far Eastern Art; other texts will be used to supplement it. Class requirements include four one-hour slide examinations. No prerequisite.
This course will examine the art and architecture of Rome from its Etruscan and Latin origins through the decline of the Roman Empire. As Rome grew from a city to a world empire, Romans employed the arts in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from the domestic and funereal to the political and imperial, with art and architecture often used in the service of ritual or propaganda. The format is lecture and discussion. No prerequisite.
This course will investigate the beginnings of Italian Renaissance art from the profound changes of the late thirteenth century through the flowering of the arts in the fifteenth century. Artists and architects such as Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio, Alberti, and Botticelli will be viewed in the context of contemporary cultural and theoretical issues. Prerequisite: ARHS 110, 111, or equivalent.
This course will focus on European art and architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Within a chronological structure, we shall commence our study in the late Baroque with focused attention to artistic production under the French monarchy. We shall then trace the political, social, and aesthetic dimensions of modern expression through a study of the Romantic, Realist, and Impressionist movements. Among the broad themes we shall consider are the visual politics of revolution, gender and visual culture, and the nineteenth-century colonialist vision. Prerequisite: ARHS 110 or 111 or equivalent.
This intermediate-level course will examine the extraordinary arts of China from the Paleolithic period (4000 BCE) through the twentieth century. The class will learn about the rich traditions of jade, bronzes, lacquer, ceramics, textiles, painting, calligraphy, sculpture, and architecture within their cultural context. Various forms of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, and other beliefs will be explained in conjunction with how they affect Chinese art. This is primarily a lecture class, but discussion is encouraged. Prerequisite: ARHS 110, 111, or 114 or equivalent.
This course will examine the multitude of visual responses (fine arts, printed media, and ephemera) to the
American Civil War. We will consider how these representations reflected and shaped popular opinions
towards events and issues as a result of the sectional conflict. Drawing on primary source material from
period critics and new art historical scholarship, this course will provide an overview of how this period in
American history was experienced by contemporaries and interpreted by subsequent generations. Special
attention will be paid to the emergence of the pictorial press, the development of photography, the
popularization of the panorama, and the circulation of abolitionist imagery. Prerequisite: ARHS 111, AMST 109, ARHS 226 or ARHS 227D.
Required of all senior majors and recommended for senior minors, this course will serve as a capstone to the study of art history. Students will study the foundations of the discipline, explore the variety of methodological approaches employed by art historians, and assess current theoretical issues that have dramatically redefined the field. Prerequisite: senior standing.