History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 200: History of Western Art I

ARTH 200-001: History of Western Art I
(Spring 2017)

Art & Design Building 2003

Section Information for Spring 2017

This class is designed to introduce the student to the artistic tradition of Western culture from the Stone Age to the Gothic period, presenting development of style and theme in the primary artistic media (sculpture, architecture, and painting) as well as minor arts (metalwork, cameo). We will focus on pieces that exemplify each period and practice detailed visual readings in order to better understand their function within the original culture’s context. Exams will include visual identification, visual analysis, and detailed information regarding date, style and context. Attendance will be factored into the final course grade.

Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major periods, monuments, and themes of Western art and architecture. Introduces Washington, D.C., museum collections and a historical framework for further study in art history. Covers prehistory, the ancient world, and the Middle Ages. Notes: Designed as a two-course sequence, but each part may be taken independently without prerequisite. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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