Symbols and Stories in Art
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Themes and imagery in art from early Greece to the modern era.
Satisfies General Education requirement for arts..
Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2012
Symbols/Stories in Western Art —
Christopher A. Gregg
01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson B113
This course examines the iconography and major narratives of ancient Greek mythology using both primary texts in translation and ancient representations of these myths. By examining the literary tradition and the extant visual material, we will explore the function of myth in ancient Greek society, the types of sources available to modern students of mythography, and the continued presence of mythological themes in Western culture. Students will learn stories of the gods and heroes, and we will analyze these stories using a variety of methods at our disposal: in addition to considering the ancient context, we will bring in modern critical approaches, literary theories, and art historical or anthropological methodologies to expand our understanding and interpretation of the myths. Students will also learn how to visually analyze works of art, both for their style and content. This course fulfills the University’s Fine Arts requirement.
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