Section Information for Spring 2012This course surveys major developments in artistic expression throughout the history of Western civilization, beginning with the rebirth of classicism during the Renaissance and continuing through the rise of the avant-garde in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Through the readings, class lectures, assignments and museum visits, students will become familiar with major works of art and will be able to identify the characteristics of major artistic styles and periods. Gaining an understanding and appreciation of these art objects will entail becoming acquainted with their formal appearance, the underlying content, contextual implications, and what these elements reveal about the people and cultures that produced them. This course fulfills the University General Education Arts requirement.
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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.