Courses in History of Art (Division 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

150. Great Masters of European and American Painting. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (2). (Excl).
Section 201 Great Masters of European and American Painting.
In scope and approach not applicable as a history of art concentration prerequisite (and, except in special cases, not to be elected by those who have taken or plan to take History of Art 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 twelve extraordinary creative personalities in the history of European painting (Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, El Greco, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Cezanne, 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 a midterm and a final exam. Cost:2 WL:4 (Bissell)

394. Special Topics. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit more than once.
Section 201 Arts of Mexico.
This introductory course acquaints students with the rich cultural production of Mexico from the Mesoamerican period to the twentieth century. Organized thematically, it addresses major topics and utilizes a variety of art historical approaches. Mesoamerican subjects to be examined include the monumental ceremonial complexes of ancient Mexico, art used in ritual blood sacrifice, and art as dynastic legitimator. Themes from the Spanish Conquest and colonization include the connections between art and ideologies of Conquest, indigenous perceptions of the conquerors, religious art and popular fiestas, and the creation of racial and gender hierarchies through art. Modern topics include the construction of national identity in nineteenth-century art, the use of painting to legitimize the past, and the connections between radical art and Revolution. The class will conclude with an examination of the issue of identity in Chicano/a art in the U.S. Cost:2 WL:4 (Black)


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