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ART 1 Introduction to Visual Arts

This course is an introduction to the visual arts of all periods emphasizing perception and understanding of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts and their relationship to the creative process.
Every Semester, 3 credits

ART 59 Survey of World Art I

A chronological survey of the fine arts of the world tracing cultural and creative expression in all media, from prehistoric times to the beginning of the European Renaissance.
Annually, Fall 3 credits

ART 60 Survey of World Art 2

A chronological survey of the fine arts of the world tracing cultural and creative expression in all media, from the Renaissance period to the present.
Annually, Spring 3 credits

ART 61 Ancient Art: The Western Tradition

The development of architecture, sculpture and painting from their origins in prehistoric times, through early cultural developments in the Near East and the Mediterranean, followed by the mingling of these civilizations with Old European, Celtic and Etruscan cultures that produced the masterpieces of Mycenea, Greece and Rome.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 64 Medieval Art

This course explores the art and architecture of Europe and Asia Minor from the rise of Christianity in Late Antiquity to the Gothic period, 300-1300 C.E. Themes include exchange between cultures, changing social conditions and transformations of the political and artistic landscape of Europe.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 65 Italian Renaissance Art

This course examines architecture, sculpture and painting from the time of Giotto in the early 14th century to the late works of Michelangelo in the mid-16th century. Topics of discussion include the evolution of the artist’s identity from craftsman to creator, changes in artistic patronage, revolutionary technical innovations and the emergence of the humanist tradition.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 66 Northern Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries

This course is a survey of painting, graphic art and sculpture in France, Flanders, Holland and Germany that examines the primary historical developments of the period and their reflection in the arts, particularly the relation of the Northern Gothic tradition to Italian classicism and the development of conflicting visual and cultural models brought about by the Protestant Reformation.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 67 The Art of the Baroque

This course surveys architecture, sculpture and painting in Italy, Spain, France, Flanders and Holland during the Baroque era and includes the works of Bernini, Velasquez, Poussin, Rubens and Rembrandt, among others. Topics include the legacy of classicism, the artist’s studio practice, the emergence of the commercial art market and the impact of global exploration.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 68 The Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries

This course covers the development of architecture, sculpture and painting from 18th century Rococo to the Neoclassical, Romantic and Realist movements of the 19th century, as well as the revolutionary inventions of photography and mass-production printing technologies.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 70 Modern Art

This course examines the rapidly changing historical and social conditions in Europe from the 1860s to the 1940s and the international art movements that emerged from this period of unprecedented transformation. Spanning the art of Manet and Whistler to that of Picasso and Pollock, this covers Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism and the rise of the American avant-garde.
Fall, 3 credits

ART 72 Contemporary Art

This course surveys the continuing impact of earlier 20th century styles on international art from the postwar period to the present moment. Topics of discussion include the relationship between popular culture and fine art, the representation of gender and cultural identity, the evolving role of the museum and art market and the impact of new technologies and media on art making and reception.
Every Semester, 3 credits

ART 75 American Art

This course is a survey of North American art and architecture from the colonial period to postwar modernism. Topics include the legacy of European art, regional artistic schools, changing representations of national identity, the impact of social conflict and wars and the ascendency of American art in the 1940s.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 77 Primitive/Pre-Columbian Art

This course examines the cultural traditions and artworks of the peoples of Africa, Oceania and the Americas before European colonization. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of cultural objects and architecture related to sacred ritual and cosmology, social structures, the symbolism of natural forces and the imaging of power, both supernatural and human.
Fall, 3 credits

ART 78 Asian Art

This course examines the architecture, sculpture, painting and ritual objects of India, China, Korea and Japan from the prehistoric past to the contemporary period, with a focus on the interrelationships and divergences between these major world cultures in artistic tradition and the religious and social contexts these traditions reflect.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 79 History of Photography

This course covers the development of photography from its earliest days as both a technique and as an art and its relation to the other arts in terms of mutual influence. This course examines the relationship of technique to photographic form as seen in daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, calotypes, wet plates, tin types and 35mm photography.
Fall, 3 credits

ART 80 Concepts & Issues in Contemporary Photography

A look at photography as practiced in the Contemporary Era (i.e., post 1950) taking into account the historical, sociological and artistic concepts and issues that shape and inform the medium.
Prerequisites: Art 79 or permission of instructor.
Spring, 3 credits

ART 85 History of Visual Communications

This course covers the evolution of books, typography, illustration, posters, advertising, etc. Emphasis is placed on 20th century developments.
Spring, 3 credits

ART 87 History of Ceramics

This course covers the development of ceramics from its Neolithic origins through its developments in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Emphasis is placed on the exciting role of ceramics in contemporary art.
On Occasion, 3 credits

ART 90 Senior Seminar in Art History

This course is individual, supervised research regarding problems in Art History. Topics reflecting the student’s major interest are selected in consultation with the instructor.
Every Semester, 3 credits

ART 91, 92 Independent Study in Art History

An independent study course in Art History for subjects not included in the scheduled offerings.
Every Semester, 3 credits