03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW
Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Spring 2023
This class introduces students to the art and architecture of Ancient Greece; we will review painting, sculpture, and architecture in their social and historical contexts. Greek art will be viewed in light of this ancient culture’s ideas concerning gender, sexuality, race, and patronage. The class will start circa 3200 BCE; we will review the influence of the Cyclades and the Mycenaean “age of heroes” on the earliest forms of Greek art. We will examine the impact Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art had on Greece in the Archaic and Orientalizing periods. The class will also review how the defeat of the Persian army in 480 BCE heralded a new type of idealized art in the Classical periods, laying the groundwork for the emotional drama of the art of the later Hellenistic period. Museum visits are required for this course.