Please note that this is not a course on object connoisseurship, though students will be welcome to pursue that in their individual research projects if they wish. Rather, the focus of the course will be on the cultural and historical context of the luxury trades, through weekly readings and discussion of primary sources and recent scholarship. Since we will be meeting at the Smithsonian, we will put special emphasis on the Freer’s remarkable collection of Islamic art. Students should also expect to make several trips to neighboring museums during the semester. Students will lead discussions of the readings, and will present their own work in class. As with any seminar, weekly attendance and active participation will be mandatory. This course fulfills the research seminar requirement.
ARTH 699 002 Students must be registered in the ARTH or HDA M.A. programs. Contact Nicole Roth to register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers.
May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits when topic is different.