Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to visual analysis through study of western art 1600-present, examining major artists and movements from Europe to North America. Study of the relationship of art and artists to political,religious, social change, and to changes in ideology, patronage, audience. May be repeated for credit.
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Evolution of museums in the western world from the “cabinet of curiosities” of sixteenth-century Europe to the modern “art center.” The changing motives behind collecting, exhibiting, and interpretation of objects. Attention to museums’ historical legacies and continuing philosophical dilemmas. Offered in alternate years.
GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, VL, WE.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Thematic and chronological examination of 3000 years of Chinese art and culture from Neolithic through Tang Dynasty (10th c. CE). Study of ceremonial and secular objects manifesting folk beliefs and belief systems of ancestor worship, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Offered in alternate years.
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Transformation in architecture and urban form in Paris, London, and Vienna in the context of varying social, political, and economic systems as well as very different cultural traditions, concentrating on the years 1830-1914. Offered in alternate years.
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Study of the art and architecture of later Classical and Hellenistic Greece, from the mid-fifth century to the first century B.C. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 154B. (Same course as Classics 172B.) Offered in alternate years.
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: Art History major, minor, or other significant training in Art History recommended. Class size limited to 25 students; for majors, minors, other advanced students. Study of a broad problem or theoretical issue in art, architecture, or material culture. Intensive reading, discussion, research, writing. May be repeated two times for credit when topic differs.
Seminar—3 hours. Approved for graduate degree credit. Study of private and public collections. Museum personalities. Appraisal of works of art; ethics of appraisal. Auction and sales: methods and catalogues. Registration. Technical problems of the museum. Connoisseurship. Collateral reading. Visits to museums. Seminar with assigned papers.