ARTH 102: Symbols and Stories in Art

ARTH 102-DL1: Symbols and Stories in Western Art
(Spring 2024)


Section Information for Spring 2024

This course explores the relationship between visual, historical, and literary themes from the Celtic period through the early twentieth century in Ireland. Throughout the course, we will explore the relationship between art objects and the written word to discover the links between visual and textual narratives.  We will begin the course with an overview of the Celtic period in the Iron and Bronze ages in continental Europe, Britain, and Ireland, analyzing the artistic motifs and spiritual practices of the Celts. Through reading translations of mythological tales from France, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, we will develop a visual and linguistic repertoire that will serve as a foundation for interpreting the rich artistic traditions of Ireland after the coming of Christianity. Most modern translations of Irish myth were compiled in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as Ireland struggled for independence from Britain. We will compare early and late translations of Irish mythology to uncover the development of critical symbols of Ireland such as the shamrock, harp, and tricolor. 

ARTH 102 DL1 is an online asynchronous section.

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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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