Courses in HISTORY OF ART (DIVISION 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

305/MARC 323. The Themes and Symbols of Western Art. (Excl).
Ancient and Medieval Ideologies of the Body.
This course will investigate representations of the body in the art and literature of the Ancient Near East, Classical Antiquity, and the Western Middle Ages. Through an exploration of such topics as nudity, virginity, celibacy, and eroticism, we will examine how the gendered and sexualized body served as a site of changing political and religious ideologies. Our primary objects of study will be images in a variety of media, including, whenever possible, objects from local museums. Close readings of primary texts will supplement our careful examination of the visual material. Throughout the course, students will test contemporary notions of the body, gender, and sexuality against the visual and textual evidence of the pre-modern world. Many of the images and ideas we will investigate have received little scholarly attention, thus providing an excellent opportunity for students to begin mapping this largely uncharted terrain. Requirements include class participation and several short writing assignments. (Giovino/Holcomb)

394. Special Topics. (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
Taking Art to the Streets: Art as Political Action.
This course examines art that invite or encourage social awareness and/or action. It includes a study of high art media and non-traditional forms: performance pieces, public murals, "message" art, and crafts. The goals of this course are to present a range of art and art activities that have value beyond the museum or gallery, to create a context in which gender, race and class are essential to the study of art, and to historicize political art. Thematically arranged around politicized issues such as race, rape and domestic violence, concepts of the body, sexual orientation, AIDS, pacifism and war, the course will rely primarily on class discussion and slide presentations. Texts will include: Hilary Robinson's Visibly Female, a course pack and reserve books. Students' grades will be determined on class participation, weekly response papers and a final project or paper. Cost:2 WL:4 (Miller/Wickre)

Open to Upperclass Students and Graduate Students

450. Early Renaissance Art in Italy. Hist. of Art 101 or 250; or permission of instructor. (Excl).

At this offering the course will provide an introduction to Florentine painting of the fourteenth and fifteenth. Introductory lectures will treat the history and topography of Florence. Thereafter the course will explore the development of Florentine fresco and panel painting in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, beginning with Giotto's panel paintings and fresco cycles in Florence and Padua, and concluding with Leonardo da Vinci's early works. There will be a midterm examination and a final examination covering the materials treated by the lectures and in the readings. The text for the course is Frederick Hartt's History of Italian Renaissance Art. Cost:2 WL:4 (Smith)


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