Courses in HISTORY OF ART (DIVISION 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

113/Art 113. Introduction to the Visual Arts. This course is for non art majors only. (Excl).

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 such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture, graphics, and industrial design. Students will learn how artists use the language of form to communicate information, to express emotion, to explore the world of nature and the world of the mind. Students will learn the basic techniques of the various media. Students will learn how the art of a time and place defines and expands the boundaries of that culture. Assigned readings and visits to museums and galleries will help students become critical consumers of the visual culture as they learn to see, appreciate, and assess art forms. Requirements include periodic quizzes, a final exam, and a term paper. Students will also make some ungraded drawings and paintings as analytical tools. Cost:3 WL:3 (Kapetan)

150. Great Masters of European and American Painting. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (Excl).
Great Masters of European Painting.
In scope and approach not applicable as a history of art concentration prerequisite (and not to be elected by those who have taken or plan to take HA 102), this course is designed for those who, as part of a broad liberal education, wish to enhance their sensitivity to artistic expression. Concentrating upon eleven extraordinary creative personalities in the history of European painting (Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, El Greco, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Cézanne, and Picasso), and emphasizing themes particularly relevant to each of these artists, it seeks to suggest the vastness and profundity of their contribution to human understanding. A complete syllabus, the text (F. Hartt, A History of Painting Sculpture, and Architecture, vol. II, PB), directed optional reading, a small set of prints, and photo study facilities will complement the lectures, and students will be evaluated by way of two exams a midterm and a final. Cost:2 WL:4 (Bissell)

341. The Gothic Age. Hist. of Art 101 or permission of instructor. (HU).
Themes in Italian Art and Culture.
During the Late Middle Ages paintings bled, wept and rocked. They leaned over and talked to you and changed your life forever, The miraculous properties of images will introduce us to the function of art in medieval Italy. Our focus will be the bond that was established between art and its beholders. How was it constructed, encouraged, or manipulated? For what purposes? To what ends? Works of art played a significant role in forging the identities of new social institutions, and in uniting civic communities during a period of profound transformation. They defended the authority of established powers, taught sinners how to repent and women how to behave. Through lectures and discussion, we will address these issues together. We will concentrate upon the art of Florence, Siena, and Assisi. The course concludes with Giotto, the painter beloved by Michelangelo and celebrated throughout the Renaissance. Short writing assignments and final examination. Cost:2 WL:4 (Dunn)

394. Special Topics. (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
The Body in Recent Art.
The body had been a primary artistic motif for all of recorded history. In recent times, it has taken on new significance. AIDS, artificial intelligence, world affairs, and the marketplace, all play a role in how we conceive of ourselves and the bodies around us. This class will explore representations of the body from several positions. The body will be read as technological apparatus and sexual object, commodity and political organ. It will be considered as symbolic form, fragmentary shell, and absent being. The focus will be upon art created globally in the last 12 years. Artists will not be studied as individuals, but rather, their works will be examined as exemplars of the topics under consideration. The class is a combination of lecture and discussion. Grades are based upon a series of short papers and one research paper. Knowledge of recent world history and gender or body theory is helpful. Either HA 102 or HA 272 is highly recommended. Cost:1 WL:4 (Griffith)


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