Section Information for Spring 2017
This introductory course surveys major developments in artistic expression throughout the history of Western civilization, beginning with the rebirth of classicism during the Renaissance and continuing to the rise of the avant-garde in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Gaining an understanding and appreciation of these art objects will entail becoming acquainted with their formal appearance, content, and contextual framework in order to also assess what these works reveal about the people and cultures that produced them. To this end, students will learn about key works of art, as well as the significance of the artists who created them, their historical periods, and the cultural conditions that led to the development of Western art during this time. This knowledge and the ability to analyze and identify works of this period will be acquired and developed through readings, Powerpoint lectures, assignments, museum visits and class discussion. This course has no prerequisites and welcomes students without any previous knowledge of Art History.
Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.
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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 the art of the Renaissance, the baroque period, and modern Europe and the Americas.
Satisfies General Education requirement for arts.
Designed as a two-course sequence, but each part may be taken independently without prerequisite.