Art & Design and Art History Department
Art History - courses

Western Art History courses
ARTH 112 History of Western Art
ARTH 328 Contemporary Art
ARTH 339 Ancient Art and Architecture
ARTH 341 Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 342 Renaissance Art and Architecture
ARTH 343 Baroque & 18th Cent Art/Architecture
ARTH 344 19th Century Art and Architecture
ARTH 345 Art in the United States

Eastern Art History courses
ARTH 111 History of Eastern Art
ARTH 346 Art of China
ARTH 347 Art of Japan
ARTH 346 Art of China
ARTH 360 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art

Recent Spring Term Abroad courses
2011 19th Century Art and Architecture in Paris, France
2009 History of Japan
2008 Royal Cities of China


Western Art History courses

ARTH 112 History of Western Art - A historical survey from cave paintings to present. The course deals basically with Western art forms derived from the Near East, Europe and the United States.

ARTH 328 Contemporary Art - Analysis of contemporary art, its forms and display. Role of museums as exhibitor. Study of modern criticism and its role as interpreter of contemporary art. Field trips to major museums and galleries.

ARTH 339 Ancient Art and Architecture - The exploration of the history of painting, sculpture and architecture in the art of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ArtH 112.

ARTH 341 Medieval Art and Architecture - A concentration on monasteries, cathedrals and castles with their related manuscripts, sculptures and stained glass during the Romanesque and Gothic eras. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ArtH 112.

ARTH 342 Renaissance Art and Architecture - A focus on the development of Italian art from the Late Gothic through Mannerist periods, studied in its social context. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ArtH 112.

ARTH 343 Baroque & 18th Cent Art/Architectur - European art seen in relation to the periods of the Counter-Reformation, the Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ArtH 112.

ARTH 344 19th Century Art and Architecture - A survey of art extending from the revolutionary eras in America and France to the beginnings of modernist art at the turn of the century. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ArtH 112.

ARTH 345 Art in the United States - A survey of American art and architecture from the revolution to World War II. Field trips are a required element of this class. Offered alternate years. Not open to students with credit in GW 121-122. Prerequisite: ArtH 112.

 

Eastern Art History courses

ARTH 111 History of Eastern Art - A general introduction to the art of the ancient civilizations and traditional arts of Asia, focusing on India, China and Japan. Topics covered include Buddhist and Hindu art, landscape painting, sculpture, the woodblock print, and important monuments in East Asian art. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR.

ARTH 346 Art of China - An introduction to major artistic traditions in China. Topics include art and ritual, visual arts and the quest for immortality, Buddhist art, landscape painting, palace architecture, and modern and contemporary art. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR.

ARTH 347 Art of Japan - An introduction to important works of sculpture, architecture and painting from prehistory through the nineteenth century, including Shinto shrines, Buddhist art, narrative scrolls, Zen art, and woodblock prints. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR. Offered alternate years.