Courses in History of Art (Division 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

104. Western Art from the End of the Middle Ages to the Present I. No credit granted to those who have completed Hist. of Art 102 or 150. (HU).

A chronological history of major achievements in Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance through the 17th Century, this course proposes both to reveal the uniqueness of great creative personalities (how, through the manipulation of the materials of their art forms, they gave special expression to their deepest feelings) and to place these masters within their art-historical/cultural contexts (with their shifting conceptions of man's relationship to the physical and spiritual worlds). The weekly discussion sections will reinforce the lectures and explore special topics while encouraging intellectual and emotional involvement with the works of art. Throughout, the student will be introduced to the basic methodologies of the discipline. Various study materials (a full syllabus, textbook, suggested additional readings, photographs) will be made available, and grading will be based on a midterm and a final exam and participation in discussion sections. Except for commitment, there are no prerequisites. (Bissell)

113/Art 113. Introduction to the Visual Arts. (HU).

Visual arts are a part of the human experience in all cultures and all time periods. The ability to appreciate, to understand, and to assess the quality of visual art can enrich a person's life and broaden one's thinking. This course will introduce students having no formal art or art historical background to the major forms of visual expression through human history from the Stone Age to the present. We will examine works of art in various media (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, architecture, film/video, computer graphics, decorative arts, and design) and will explore not only the materials and techniques used to produce works of visual art but will also consider "how art works" and how works of art relate to the cultural and historic periods in which they are produced. Students will learn how artists use formal elements (line, texture, color, composition, etc.) to communicate information and to express emotion. While emphasis will be on learning how to look at and evaluate works of art, students will also be introduced to major cultural and historical epochs in the history of art as well as to artists whose works represent the "high points" of these epochs. Assigned readings and visits to museums and galleries will help students to expand their own abilities to see, to appreciate, and to assess visual arts. Requirements include a midterm and a final examination and two short analytic papers in which students will be asked to examine and evaluate selected works of art on The University of Michigan campus. (Kapetan)

250/MARC 250. Italian Renaissance Art. Hist. of Art 101 or 102 or permission of instructor. (HU).

The course will provide an introduction to the art and architecture of Florence during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Initial lectures will discuss the history and topography of the city. Thereafter, lectures will concentrate upon developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in the fifteenth century, beginning with Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio, and ending with Botticelli and Leonardo. The course will end with a discussion of Michelangelo's works prior to the Sistine Ceiling. Students should have had History of Art 101 and/or 102 in preparation for this class. History of Art 250 in turn will prepare students for more advanced classes in the department on High Renaissance and/or Mannerist art. There will be a midterm and a final examination covering materials discussed in lectures and readings. The text for the course is F. Hartt's survey of Italian Renaissance Art. (Smith)

391. Survey of Japanese Painting. Hist. of Art 103 or permission of instructor. (HU).

This is a course on the pictoral arts of Japan, designed to foster appreciation of masterpieces of painting, calligraphy, and illumination arts from ancient to modern times. Broadly organized to explore the process of secularization of arts originally dominated by religious symbolism, our study will begin with the development of pictorial art in the institutions of Buddhism, the aristocracy and the military. Major art forms will include Buddhist mural and votive painting, temple narratives, priest portraits, illustrated tales of romance and war, calligraphy, state portraiture, and Zen painting and calligraphy. We will then make a comparative study of arts of the commercial and intellectual classes (screen and scroll paintings depicting landscapes, bird and flower subjects, European and native subjects, poetry scrolls, and paintings on fans, ceramics, and lacquerware). The course will close with new directions in modern pictorial art and issues concerning the still predominate traditional painting and calligraphy societies. As a secondary theme we will also critically examine common generalizations about Japanese art encountered in Western and Japanese studies available in English, beginning with the late nineteenth-century American discovery of Japan. Readings (available in a course pack) will be selected from a wide range of studies of Japan. Weekly quizzes, a short paper, and a final will be required. Museum trips, films, guest lectures and demonstrations may also be integrated into the course. (Horton)


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