History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

ARTH 599-002: Originals, Imitations, Fakes: Rethinking Authorship in Art
(Fall 2012)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Fall 2012

Art history textbooks, museum displays and results of art auctions attribute cultural and monetary values to “original” works of art. A closer examination of the theory and practice of art-making suggests, however, that deciding what qualifies as an autograph work can be a complicated matter. This course explores how the definitions of “authenticity” and “authorship” have shifted over time. We will consider how traditional practices in artists’ workshops influence our understanding of “personal styles.” We will also analyze historical treatises and ask how patrons and collectors in different periods regarded copies and imitations. We will examine various forms of appropriation—e.g., copying, emulation, quotation, parody—and how they relate to the functions of works of art. Case studies will be drawn from different periods in the history of Western art. This seminar-style course will be offered as ARTH 440 and 599. Taking the course on the graduate level will require extra work but all students will be expected to fully participate in discussions. Reading and writing assignments, in-class discussions and presentations will help students develop skills in visual analysis, critical reading and art historical research. This course fulfills ARTH graduate elective.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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