ARTH 102: Symbols and Stories in Art

ARTH 102-DL1: Symbols and Stories in Western Art
(Fall 2022)


Section Information for Fall 2022

This course examines the iconography and major narratives of Western Art, spanning from ancient Greek Mythology to the height of the Italian Baroque period. Using a combination of primary textual sources (English translations), artist biographies, and numerous sources of visual culture, students will learn how storytelling was a central component for art making. By learning the skills of visual literacy, students develop the ability to “read” stories through the recognition of important symbols; attributes of gods, goddesses, or saintly figures; gestures; relevant settings; and various figural elements that artists relied upon when constructing stories for an audience. Whether a painted fresco, carved frieze, piece of pottery, tapestry, reliquary, piece of jewelry, or illuminated manuscript—objects provided viewers with the opportunity to reinforce narratives that were culturally, socially, economically, or politically relevant for their time. As such, we will consider how stories evolved over time, new meanings assumed, and the power of narratives to transform across history. Art 102 is an asynchronous course where students will have access to pre-recorded lectures to facilitate self-paced instruction. Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Hunt

ARTH 102 DL1 is an asynchronous distance education section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces themes and imagery in art. Approaches and traditions to explore vary with the instructor. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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