see also: REL 313 Primitive Art in Civilized Places
This course will provide students with a basic introduction to the arts of the Western World from Prehistoric to Contemporary art. We will cover a variety of media, such as painting, drawing,
print, sculpture, architecture, installation and multi-media. We will pay special attention to the political, social, historical and religious contexts in which these works of art were produced in an
effort to understand more fully the role and function of art in society. This course is suitable for both majors and non-majors and provides a fundamental background for further studies in the arts. Cross-listed: Medieval Studies
ARTH 101 Title
History of Western Art Professor
Anne Bertrand Schedule
Mon 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Olin 102 Distrib.
93233 Course no.
ARTH 220 Title
Early Medieval Art Professor
Jean French Schedule
Wed 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Olin 102 Distrib.
This course will provide students with a basic introduction to the arts of the Western World from Prehistoric to Contemporary art. We will cover a variety of media, such as painting, drawing, print, sculpture, architecture, installation and multi-media. We will pay special attention to the political, social, historical and religious contexts in which these works of art were produced in an effort to understand more fully the role and function of art in society. This course is suitable for both majors and non-majors and provides a fundamental background for further studies in the arts.
Cross-listed: Medieval StudiesAn examination of art from the age of Constantine to the year 1000, including catacomb painting, the early Christian basilica and martyrium, the domed churches of the East, and Byzantine mosaics and icons. The class explores the contrasting aesthetic of the migrations, the "animal style" in art, the Sutton Hoo and Viking ship burials, the golden age of Irish art, the Carolingian "Renaissance," the treasures of the Ottoman empire, and the art of the millennium. Special emphasis is given to works in American collections.
|Course no.||ARTH 245|
|Title||Rococo to Revolution: 18th Century French Painting|
|Schedule||Tue 1:30 pm -3:30 pm Olin 102|
Cross-listed: French StudiesThis course will explore the role of painters and painting in French society and culture during the last hundred years of the ancien régime. We will study such artists as Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, Chardin, Vigée-Lebrun and David and subjects ranging from the erotic or playful fêtes galantes to the political or moralizing historical painting of the latter part of the century. We will also examine such themes as the development of the art academy, the establishment of the annual salons in Paris, the patronage of the church, the state and private collectors as well as the emergence of professional art critics and art criticism.
|Course no.||ARTH 253|
|Title||History of Garden Design|
|Professor||Brian Brace Taylor|
|Schedule||Thu 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Olin 102|
|Course no.||ARTH 256|
|Title||Modern Architecture: the Twentieth Century|
|Professor||Brian Brace Taylor|
|Schedule||Tue 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Olin 102|
|Course no.||ARTH 266|
|Title||American Art After World War II: Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art|
|Schedule||Th 3:40 pm -6:00 pm Olin 102|
Cross-listed: American StudiesThis course examines major developments in American painting and sculpture in the years following World War II. The evolution of the "New York School" is studied in relation to contemporary European artistic currents, and Abstract Expressionism is viewed in the context of the various reactions against it following its "triumph." Artists considered include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol.
|Course no.||ARTH 293|
|Title||East Meets West|
|Schedule||Th 1:30 pm -3:30 pm Olin 102|
Cross-listed: Asian Studies, MESThis course views the impact of the Eastern and Western cultures on one another as seen through the art of the world. For example, evidence of cross-fertilization can be followed as early as the second millennium B.C., when the "animal style" began in the Near East and spread to China and then westward to Europe, where it was influential in the decoration of Viking personal articles, Carolingian manuscripts, and Scandinavian churches. Broad topics for discussion include the art of Buddhism and the Silk Road; medieval European borrowings from the East; travelers East and West; Arabs as transmitters of Asian technologies; concepts of heaven and hell; Western missionaries and the introduction of Western culture in India, China, and Japan; chinoiserie in European architecture, gardening, and decor; and Japonisme--the influence of the Asian aesthetic on modern art movements.
|Course no.||ARTH 330|
|Title||Artists, Patrons and Ideas: Seminar in Italian Renaissance Sculpture|
|Schedule||Mon 3:40 pm -5:40 pm Olin 301|
Cross-listed: Italian Studies
The seminar examines the ideas that inspired sculptors and the patrons who footed the bills, exploring the relationship among artists, poets and philosophers of the Renaissance and the degree
of influence exercised by the patron and his or her circle on the selection of thematic content and the establishment of stylistic trends. Topics discussed will include the materials and forms of
sculpture, the changing social position of the artist, the Neo-Platonic movement in Florence, and Renaissance theories of love. Students will study the major sculptors of the Renaissance, with
particular emphasis on the works of Ghiberti, Donatello, Jacopo della Quercia and Michelangelo, and will investigate the political ambitions and socio-economic milieu of such remarkable patrons
as Cosimo de Medici, Lorenzo the Magnificent and Julius II.
Cross-listed: French Studies
ARTH 350 Title
Persuasion and Manipulation in 17th Century French Art Professor
Anne Bertrand Schedule
Wed 1:30 pm -3:30 pm Olin 301 Distrib.
Cross-listed: French StudiesA significant proportion of Seventeenth-Century French artistic production can be understood in terms of its persuasive and manipulative function. The arts commissioned by King Louis XIV, who rebuilt Versailles, are visual expressions of the Sun King's omnipotence, reinforcing his well-known phrase, "l'état c'est moi." We will explore earlier manifestations, and the subsequent evolution under Louis XIV's rule, of propagandistic manipulations of the arts in service to the glory of the state and its sovereign as well as the countercurrents produced by artistic "fringe" groups, resistors of the mainstream establishment, and their religious, political and artistic purposes.
|Course no.||ARTH 384|
|Title||Seminar in Contemporary Art|
|Schedule||Fri 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.