Art 151, Introduction to Art History II (Spring 2013)

This introduction to art history examines select European, Native American, Euro-American, and African artistic traditions from c. 1400 to the present. Through lectures, discussions, and other activities, students develop skills in visual analysis and interpretation. The course considers a variety of artistic media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and textiles, as well as broader issues of aesthetics, function, and patronage.

Art 271, Gothic Art (Spring 2013)

brainWhat is Gothic art, and what are the origins of the term Gothic? This course treats both the art created in the Gothic period in Western Europe (c.1140-1400) and the revival of the Gothic style in 19th-century Europe, the era that coined the term Gothic. In the later medieval world, we focus on the rise of the city, on the spirituality of the Franciscan and Dominican orders, and on a new class of patrons who, fueled by the new economy of Europe, commissioned art on a larger scale than ever before. We end the interim with a discussion of what the Gothic came to mean in the 19th century, as European nations solidified and industrialized.

Art 255, The City of Florence (Interim 2013)

piazza-della-signoriaThis course is an intensive introduction to the history of the art and architecture of Florence. Through a study of Florence’s topography, its built environment and painted and sculpted imagery, students will study first-hand the history of Florence. The course begins with a study of the city as a Roman colony, and ends with a discussion of the 19th century, when Florence was briefly the capital of the newly unified Italian nation. The study of medieval and Renaissance Florence in particular will be supplemented with trips to other Tuscan cities.

Art 150, Introduction to Art History I (Fall 2012)

sanciThis course is an introduction to the art and architecture of various geographical areas around the world from antiquity through the Middle Ages. The course provides foundational skills as well as a general, historical understanding. It focuses on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the ways that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces.

Art 263, Medieval Art (Fall 2012)

This course explores the arts and architecture of western Europe from around 300 to 1350. In our lectures and discussions, we will look at paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork and stained glass windows created by the many cultures of this rich and diverse period in the history of art. Our approach is multifaceted: in addition to issues of style, technique and iconography, we also address issues of viewing, patronage and gender throughout the semester.

WGST 121, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (Fall 2012)

This course is an introduction to the study of the social construction of gender in contemporary culture. Through reading, discussion, watching and writing, we will explore the varieties of women’s experiences in America today. We treat a variety of subjects, including the ways in which gender is learned in school, the ways in which women are portrayed in the media, women and the healthcare system, women and social policy, and the history of the women’s movement. Because your instructor is an art historian, we also discuss the work of artists who address issues related to the course material.

Great Conversation Program (Fall 2010-Spring 2012)

sarpedonsmallAn integrated sequence of five courses taken over two years, the Great Conversation introduces students to the major epochs of Western tradition through direct encounter with significant works. Beginning with the ancient Greeks and Hebrews, the program traces the development of literary and artistic expression, philosophic thought, religious belief, and historical reflections on western culture into the modern world. Students respond to great works, challenging the ideas expressed in them and challenging their own ideas as well, thus joining the conversation of men and women through the ages about the perennial issues of human life.

Art 254, Italian Renaissance Art (Fall 2010)

anguissolaThis course explores painting, sculpture and architecture created in Italy from c.1250 to c.1600. Our study focuses on the major urban centers of the period: Florence, Rome and Venice. One of the central ideas we address throughout the semester is how works of art functioned in their original context. Much of the art studied in the course was created for specific people and places for a specific purpose. We will also address basic art historical issues such as form, iconography and style.

Art 277, Women and the Arts (Spring 2010)

This course explores the involvement of women in the arts from the time of Hildegard of Bingen in twelfth-century Germany to that of Artemisia Gentileschi in seventeenth-century Italy. Through class readings, discussions and presentations, weboth explore feminist approaches to the study of Art History and examine the roles of women as artists, patrons and viewers in this period.

Art 269, African Art (Fall 2009)

This course serves as an introductory survey of the diverse arts and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Students investigate material culture in its original context to understand the social roles that art plays in many aspects of life. Students also learn to identify and discuss styles, materials, techniques, and the roles of artists. Special topics considered may include: contemporary versus historical art in Africa, notions of “authenticity” and tourist art, cultural heritage and repatriation of art works, and the politics and history of museum display.