See also:
  • CLAS 200 Gender and Status in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • LIT 328 Dada and Surrealism

ARTH 205 The Age of Discovery: Early and Archaic Greek Art

Professor: J. Barringer

CRN: 92489

Distribution: A/C

Time: M 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 301
W 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 301

Cross-listed: Classical Studies
A study of Greek sculpture, vase painting, and architecture from the end of the Bronze Age civilizations to the end of the Persian Wars. The course begins with a quick overview of the art of the age of heroes (Minoan and Mycenaean) and the demise of these cultures in c. 1125 B.C.; then follows the course of art in the subsequent 'Dark Ages'; its regeneration in the Geometric period, the age of Homer; its infusion with Near Eastern and Egyptian elements in the Orientalizing period of the seventh century B.C.; its dramatic developments and innovations in the sixth century B.C.; and finishes with the transition from archaic to classical after the Greek defeat of the Persians in 480/479 B.C. Emphasis is on historical and cultural context with special attention given to myth and religion. Topics for study include the impact of the growth of the city-state on art; patronage, both public and private; political content; the growth of sanctuaries; the intersection of poetry and art; the impact and expression of social status and gender in art; and the artistic expression of civic ideals and the creation of community through art and myth.

ARTH 231 The High Renaissance

Professor: J. French

CRN: 92492

Distribution: A/C

Time: W 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 102

Cross-listed: Italian Studies
Major painters and sculptors of the High Renaissance in Florence and Rome are studied. Focusing on the works of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo, the course considers the origin and development of a monumental style in Italian art and concludes with an examination of the work of selected Mannerist artists.

ARTH 243 17th Century Southern European Art & Architecture

Professor: Bertrand

CRN: 92635

Distribution: A/C

Time: W 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm OLIN 102

Cross-listed: Italian Studies
of related interest: French Studies, LAIS

This class will survey the arts produced in France, Italy and Spain during the seventeenth century. We will look at the careers of major individual painters, sculptors, architects and printmakers, such as Poussin, Callot, Lebrun, Caravaggio, the Carracci, Gentileschi, Bernini, Velasquez and Murillo. We will also examine such topics as the relationship between patronage and the arts, the creation of Academies and the unification of the arts in royal decoration.

ARTH 250 Nineteenth-Century American Art

Professor: T. Wolf

CRN: 92493

Distribution: A/C

Time: Th 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm OLIN 102

This class will study American art, concentrating on painting but looking at sculpture and architecture as well, from the Colonial period through the end of the Nineteenth century. Artists considered will include John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, and the painters of the Hudson River School. This is the first of a sequence of three classes surveying American art; it will be followed by a course in American Art, 1900-1940, and then on Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. These classes can be taken as a series or individually without the preceding course required as a prerequisite.

ARTH 270 History of African Art and Architecture

Professor: Bertrand

CRN: 92634

Distribution: A/C

Time: Tu 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm OLIN 102

Cross-listed: AADS
This introductory course will survey the vast array of the different art forms created on the African continent from the prehistoric era to the present one. We will approach our study of African art by looking at a selection of the artistic production of the most important cultural centers of the seven geographic subdivisions of the continent: Egypt and Nubia, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa and the Guinea Coast, Sahel and Savanna, as well as North Africa. We will discuss such topics as colonialism and "primitivism".

ARTH 290 Chinese Art

Professor: P. Karetzky

CRN: 92495

Distribution: A/C

Time: Th 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm OLIN 102

This course begins with the earliest expression of the Chinese aesthetic and Neolithic painted pottery. Next, the early culture is viewed, with special emphasis on the unification of China by the first emperor, owner of sixty thousand life-size clay figurines. In the fifth century Buddhist art became a major religious expression, as evidenced by colossal sculptures cut from the living rock and by paintings of paradise. Philosophy, literature, and popular culture are examined through the paintings of the later dynasties, with an accent on landscape painting. The course ends with a consideration of the twentieth century.

ARTH 323 "Crossroads of Civilization": The Art of Medieval Spain

Professor: J. French

CRN: 92490

Distribution: A/C

Time: M 3:40 pm - 5:40 pm OLIN 301

Cross-listed: LAIS, Medieval Studies
A study of over thirteen hundred years of the art and architecture of the Iberian peninsula. The course will begin with a brief look at the Celtiberian culture and at the colonial activities of the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The major focus, however, will be four primary areas: Visigothic art; Al-Andalus, the Islamic art of Spain; Asturian and Mozarabic art; Romanesque art of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Students will investigate the complex patterns of exchange, appropriation, assimilation and tension among the Islamic, Judaic and Christian traditions and will attempt to assess the effects of this cross-fertilization of cultures on the visual arts.

ARTH 384 Seminar in Contemporary Art

Professor: T. Wolf

CRN: 92494

Distribution: A/C

Time: F 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 301

This seminar considers the history of recent art. It begins with a survey of the Minimalism of the 1960s and then focuses on artistic developments in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Students give reports on selected artists or topics. The class meets in New York City every fourth week to view current exhibitions.

ARTH 385 Art Criticism and Methodology

Professor: Bertrand

CRN: 92636

Distribution: A

Time: Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 301

Cross-listed: Philosophy of the Arts
The purpose of this seminar is to develop an ability to think critically about a range of different approaches to the field of art history. First, we will read a variety of sources, from Vasari's Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects to Gombrich's Art and Illusion, to familiarize ourselves with the development of the discipline of art history. Then, we will use Diego Velasquez's Las Meninas as a case study to explore the main methodologies of art history in use today. This course is designed primarily for art history majors.