History of Art

110 Tappan
647-4121 (fax)
Web site: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/

Professor Margaret C. Root, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


R. Ward Bissell, Southern Baroque Art in Italy and Spain
Ilene H. Forsyth, Early Medieval, Romanesque Art
Elaine K. Gazda, Etruscan and Roman Art, Classical Archaeology
Diane M. Kirkpatrick, Twentieth Century Art, History of Photography, Cinema, New Media
Margaret C. Root, Art of the Ancient Near East, Classical Archaeology
Walter M. Spink, Indian Art

Associate Professors

Celeste Brusati, Northern Baroque Art
Virginia C. Kane, Chinese Art and Archaeology
Sharon Patton, Afroamerican and African Art
Martin Powers, Chinese Art
Elizabeth Sears, Gothic Art
Anatole Senkevitch, Modern Architecture
Pat Simons, Italian Renaissance Art and Women's Studies
Thelma K. Thomas, Late Antique, Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Assistant Professors

Matthew Biro, Critical Theory, Twentieth Century Art
Stephen Campbell, 14th-16th Century Italian Art
Maria Gough, 20th Century European Art and Theory
Howard Lay, 19th Century
Ebenezer Nii Quarcoopome, Afroamerican and African Art
Jonathan Reynolds, Japanese Art
Rebecca Zurier, American Art


Elizabeth Sharf, Chinese Art

Affiliated Faculty

Milo Beach, Professor, Far Eastern Art
Beth Genné, Lecturer, 19th and 20th Century European and American Art
Lydia Soo, Assistant Professor, Architecture
Marshall Wu, Assistant Professor, Asian Art

Professors Emeriti

Richard Edwards, Marvin Eisenberg, Joel Isaacson, Victor H. Miesel, Charles H. Sawyer and Nathan Whitman.

Studies in this department focus on painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic and decorative arts, and emphasize the history of these arts as visual records of the evolution of civilization. Each artistic form is studied as a creative process which, like language, has developed as an expression of human ideas, feelings, and conditions of life. Such a visual record provides a valuable introduction to various civilizations and to their distinguishing characteristics. Advanced work in history of art prepares students for careers in teaching or for careers in various aspects of museum work.

Organized visits to museums in Cleveland, Detroit, Dearborn, and Toledo as well as to private collections in the area are an integral part of the department's academic program.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Either History of Art 101 or 102 must be taken as a prerequisite for the concentration.

Concentration Program. Must include:

  1. the course not previously elected for the prerequisite (History of Art 101 or 102) and a survey in non-Western cultures, either History of Art 103 or 108, which must be completed during the first two terms of concentration.

  2. 21 credits minimum, of work at the 200-level or above, distributed through at least four of the eight following fields: (1) Ancient; (2) Medieval; (3) Renaissance; (4) 17th and 18th Century; (5) 19th and 20th Century; (6) African and Islamic Middle East; (7) China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia; (8) Comparative Studies, Theory, Methodology. Students who wish to take both History of Art 103 and 108 may include as part of their 21 program credits the course not used as part of the prerequisite for the concentration.

  3. at least 9 credits of cognate work. Appropriate would be advanced-level courses chosen from among the following fields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, English and foreign-language literatures, history, music history, Near Eastern studies, philosophy, and certain courses offered by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, by the School of Art, the Residential College, and the Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC).

History of Art 393 (Proseminar) is open to junior concentrators upon recommendation of a concentration advisor. History of Art Honors students are required to take the Junior Proseminar (History of Art 393) and to write the Honors Thesis (History of Art 396).

Foreign Languages. There is no specific language requirement, but students are encouraged to acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian. Most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of French and German for an advanced degree in history of art; for Asian Art an Oriental language would be required.

Honors Program. The Honors concentration is open to juniors and seniors who have obtained the permission of the Honors concentration advisor and the Honors Council. Candidates for Honors in history of art must meet all requirements for a regular concentration. The core of the Honors program is the work done in conjunction with History of Art 393 and 396. In their last term Honors candidates must complete the Honors thesis.

Advising. The Department has two concentration advisors, one of whom also serves as Honors concentration advisor. Concentrators are requested to discuss their academic programs with an advisor at least once a year. Appointments are scheduled at 110 Tappan.

Courses in History of Art (Division 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

101. Near Eastern and European Art from the Stone Age to the End of the Middle Ages. (4). (HU).

102. Western Art from the End of the Middle Ages to the Present. No credit granted to those who have completed 104 and 105, or 150. Two credits granted to those who have completed one of 104 or 105. (4). (HU).

103. Arts of Asia. (4). (HU).

108/CAAS 108. Introduction to African Art. (4). (HU).

112/Art 112. History of Photography. (4). (HU).

113/Art 113. Introduction to the Visual Arts. This course is for non-art majors only. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

150. Great Masters of European and American Painting. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (3). (Excl).

151. Art and Ideas East and West. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($15) required.

194(210). First Year Seminar. (3). (HU).

210. Norm and Storm: Rebellion in Art. (3). (HU).

211/WS 211. Gender and Popular Culture. (4). (HU).

212/Architecture 212. Understanding Architecture. Not open to students enrolled in Architecture. (3). (Excl).

214/CAAS 214. Introduction to African-American Art. (3). (Excl).

221/Class. Arch. 221. Introduction to Greek Archaeology. (4). (HU).

222/Class. Arch. 222. Introduction to Roman Archaeology. (4). (HU).

240/MARC 240. The Visual Arts in Medieval Society. (3). (HU).

250/MARC 250. Italian Renaissance Art, I. (4). (HU).

251/MARC 251. Italian Renaissance Art, II. (4). (HU).

260. European Painting and Sculpture of the Seventeenth Century. (3). (HU).

271. European Painting of the Nineteenth Century. (4). (HU).

272. Arts of the Twentieth Century. (4). (HU).

284. Introduction to Asian Painting. (3). (HU).

292. Introduction to Japanese Art and Culture. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Hist. of Art 495. (3). (HU).

305/MARC 323. The Themes and Symbols of Western Art. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

330/Amer. Cult. 330. Art in America: 1492-1825. (3). (HU).

332/Amer. Cult. 332. Art on Trial: American Public Monuments and Political Controversy. (3). (HU).

333. Critical Approaches to the History of Art. (3). (Excl).

341. The Gothic Age. (3). (HU).

350/CAAS 370. Special Topics in African American Art. Hist. of Art 108 and 214. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

360/CAAS 380. Special Topics in African Art. Hist. of Art 108 or 214. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

375. Art of the 60's. (3). (Excl).

376. Dada and Surrealism. (3). (Excl).

380/Class. Arch. 380/Anthro. 380. Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology. Hist. of Art 221 and 222. (3). (Excl).

386(410). Painting and Poetry in China. (3). (HU).

391. Survey of Japanese Painting. (3). (Excl).

393. Junior Proseminar. History of Art concentrators. (3). (Excl).

394. Special Topics. (3; 1-3 in the half-term). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.

396. Honors Thesis. Hist. of Art 393. Open to students admitted to Honors in History of Art. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 4 credits.

399. Independent Study. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit more than once.

Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students. Sophomores by special permission.

402. Contemporary Modes of Interpretation in Art History. (3). (HU).

403/NR&E 403. History of Western Landscape Architecture. (3). (Excl).

404/CAAS 404. The Art of Africa. (3). (Excl).

405. Artists and Patrons. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (HU). May be elected for credit more than once with permission of chair.

411. Interpretations of Landscape. Hist. of Art 102, 103 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

415/WS 415. Studies in Gender and the Arts. One course in women's studies or history of art. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

420/Amer. Cult. 432. National Identity in American Art. Any prior coursework in history of art, American culture, or American history. (3). (Excl).

421/Class. Arch. 421. Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. One previous art history, anthropology, or classical archaeology course recommended. (3). (HU).

422/Class. Arch. 422. Etruscan Art and Archaeology. Hist. of Art 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

424/Class. Arch. 424. Archaeology of the Roman Provinces. Hist. of Art 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

425/CAAS 435. 20th Century African-American Art. Hist. of Art 214 or 272. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

427/Class. Arch. 427. Pompeii: Its Life and Art. (3). (Excl).

428/Class. Arch. 428. The Public Spaces of Imperial Rome. Hist. of Art 101 or 222. (3). (Excl).

431/Class. Arch. 431. Principal Greek Archaeological Sites. A course in archaeology. (3). (Excl).

433/Class. Arch. 433. Greek Sculpture. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (HU).

434/Class. Arch. 434. Archaic Greek Art. (3). (HU).

435/Class. Arch. 435. The Art and Archaeology of Asia Minor. (3). (HU).

436/Class. Arch. 436. Hellenistic and Roman Architecture. Hist. of Art 101 or 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

437/Class. Arch. 437. Egyptian Art and Archaeology. (3). (HU).

439/Class. Arch. 439. Greek Vase Painting. (3). (HU).

440/Class. Arch. 440. Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece. A course in archaeology. (3). (HU).

442/Class. Arch. 442. Late Antique and Early Christian Art and Architecture. Hist. of Art 101 or 222. (3). (Excl).

443/Class. Arch. 443. Greeks in the West. Hist. of Art 221. (3). (HU).

444. Romanesque Art. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (HU).

448. Medieval Manuscript Illumination. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (HU).

450. Topics in Early Renaissance Art in Italy. Hist. of Art 101 or 250. (3). (Excl).

451. Topics in High Renaissance Art in Italy. Hist. of Art 102 or 250. (3). (Excl).

452. Northern European Art of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. Hist. of Art 101 or 102. (3). (Excl).

453. Venetian Painting. Hist. of Art 102. (3). (Excl).

458. Florentine Sculpture of the Renaissance. Hist. of Art 102 or 250. (3). (Excl).

462. Baroque Art in Italy. Hist. of Art 102 or 260. (3). (Excl).

463. Varieties of Dutch and Flemish Painting. Hist. of Art 102 and 260. (3). (Excl).

467. Eighteenth-Century Painting in Europe. Hist. of Art 102. (3). (Excl).

468. Sculptural Practices of the 20th Century. (3). (Excl).

471. Investigations of Recent Art. Hist. of Art 272. (3). (Excl).

476. Realism in European Art, c.1840-1870. Hist. of Art 102. (3). (Excl).

477. French Impressionism. Hist. of Art 102. (3). (Excl).

479. Nineteenth-Century Masters. Hist. of Art 102, or 271. (3). (Excl).

483. Asian Architecture. Hist. of Art 103. (3). (Excl).

487/Chinese 475/Asian Studies 475/RC Hums. 475/Phil. 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (4). (HU).

493. Art of India. Hist. of Art 103. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($15) required.

494. Art of China. Hist. of Art 103. (3). (Excl).

497. Chinese Painting: Yüan to the Present. Hist. of Art 392 or 494. (3). (Excl).

499/Amer. Cult. 499. The Arts in American Life. Seniors concentrators, seniors in any Honors curriculum, or graduate students with permission. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once with permission of instructor.

514. Spanish Art: El Greco to Goya. Hist. of Art 102. (3). (Excl).

525. Graphic Arts from 1660 to the Present. Hist. of Art 102 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

531/Class. Arch. 531/Anthro. 587. Aegean Art and Archaeology. Hist. of Art 221 or 222. (3). (Excl).

534/Class. Arch. 534. Ancient Painting. Hist. of Art 101 and either Hist. of Art 221 or 222. (3). (Excl).

536/Class. Arch. 536. Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture. Hist. of Art 101 or 222. (3). (Excl).

542. Byzantine Art. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (Excl).

543. Carolingian and Early German Art. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (Excl).

556. Renaissance Art in Italy. Hist. of Art 102 or 150. (3). (Excl).

560/CAAS 562. African Art and Archaeology. Hist. of Art 108 or 404. (3). (Excl).

562. Baroque Sculpture in Italy and Spain. Hist. of Art 102. (3). (Excl).

565. Early Modern Architecture in Italy, Austria, and Germany. (3). (Excl).

574. Cubism. Hist. of Art 102 and 272. (3). (Excl).

575. Mass Media and the Visual Arts. Hist. of Art 102 or 272. (3). (Excl).

580. Twentieth-Century Masters. Hist. of Art 102, 272. (3). (Excl).

589. Rajput Painting. Hist. of Art 103 or 493. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($15) required.

590. Special Topics Japanese Art. Hist. of Art 391. (3). (Excl).

591. Japanese Architecture. Hist. of Art 103 or 495. (3). (Excl).

592. Gupta and Early Medieval Art in India. Hist. of Art 103. (3). (Excl).

596. Japanese Architecture Mid-19th Century to the Present. Hist. of Art 103, 495, or 591. (3). (Excl).

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