Art 153, Introduction to Art History

This course introduces students to the working methods of Art History. Students learn to analyze works of art visually, to understand the relationships between works of art and their cultural contexts, to consider the practices and politics of museum display, and to think critically about the role of art in their own lives and in society. In Nancy’s sections of Art 153, we will explore the idea that works of art and architecture have the power to transform human beings and their environments.

Art 254, Italian Renaissance Art

This course explores painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban development in Italy from c. 1300 to c. 1600. The course focuses on the major urban centers of the period: Florence, Rome, and Venice. Students address the ways in which art functioned in its original Renaissance context and explore issues of artistic identity and the importance of patronage in the period.

Art 255, The City of Florence

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 263, Medieval Art

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.

Art 273, Religion, Royalty & Romantics: The Gothic and Gothic Revival

Through the study of Gothic art and architecture in 12-14th-century Europe and in 19th-century Europe and America, students explore how cultures devise and give meaning to artistic styles. Students also investigate the origins of the term Gothic and its meanings in popular culture. This course is taught by a St. Olaf and a Carleton professor and is offered to students on both campuses.

WMGST 121, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

Required for the women’s and gender studies major and concentration, this course introduces students to the concept of gender as a category of analysis. It is designed for students who seek a fuller understanding of themselves as women and men and a wider knowledge of the experiences and achievements of women.

WMGST 399, Advanced Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies: Feminist Theory

The course provides a capstone to the major. Taught as a seminar, it offers an opportunity for students to integrate their studies of women and gender across disciplines and to become more aware of the intricate web of gender, race, culture, and class that informs women’s experiences.