History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 102: Symbols and Stories in Art

ARTH 102-DL1: Symbols and Stories in Irish Myth
(Spring 2017)

Online

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course explores the relationship between visual, historical, and literary themes from the Celtic period through the early twentieth century in Ireland. Throughout the course, we will explore the relationship between art objects and the written word to discover the links between visual and textual narratives.  We will begin the course with an overview of the Celtic period in the Iron and Bronze ages in continental Europe, Britain, and Ireland, analyzing the artistic motifs and spiritual practices of the Celts. Through reading translations of mythological tales from France, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, we will develop a visual and linguistic repertoire that will serve as a foundation for interpreting the rich artistic traditions of Ireland after the coming of Christianity. Most modern translations of Irish myth were compiled in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as Ireland struggled for independence from Britain. We will compare early and late translations of Irish mythology to uncover the development of critical symbols of Ireland such as the shamrock, harp, and tricolor. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement.

Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.

ARTH 102 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Credits: 3

Themes and imagery in art from early Greece to the modern era.

Satisfies General Education requirement for arts.

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