ARTH Course Listing

Special Topics in Art History (ARTH 199, 3 Credits)

A study of selected topics in art history. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either ARTH 199 or ARTH 489 only once.

Northern Renaissance Art in Brussels and Paris (ARTH 199F, 3 Credits)

An examination of artistic developments in the Netherlands and northern France during the 15th and 16th centuries. Emphasis is on painting, but architecture, sculpture, and tapestry are also studied. The relationship between the development of bourgeois communal society and Northern Realism and the artistic exchanges and influences between Italy and the North are explored. Visits to Bruges, Gent, and Antwerp are included. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199F or ARTH 489F.

Renaissance Art in Florence (ARTH 199G, 3 Credits)

A study tour of Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance art. The artistic, historical, and cultural milieu into which Renaissance art was born is explored. Museum visits within the city and field trips to Siena, San Gimignano, and Arezzo are included. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199G or ARTH 489G.

Baroque Art in Rome: An Introduction (ARTH 199H, 3 Credits)

An exploration of Baroque art in Rome. Topics include the Baroque obsession with death, with space and the heavens; the expression of sensuality; and the Age of Enlightenment's triumph of science over faith. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199H or ARTH 489H.

Picasso in Paris (ARTH 199L, 3 Credits)

A study of major developments in modern art, beginning with Cubism and including Expressionism and Surrealism. Focus is on Picasso. The collections in the Picasso Museum, the Pompidou Center, and the Orangerie are explored. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199L or ARTH 489L.

Van Gogh: Life and Work (ARTH 199M, 3 Credits)

An introduction to modern art, focusing on Vincent Van Gogh and his influence on modern painting. How Van Gogh's experiments with color and form opened the door to a new era is explored. His influence on Fauvism, German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Neo Expressionism, and painters like Matisse, Kandinsky, and Jawlensky is also examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199M or ARTH 489M.

Film and American Culture Studies (ARTH 204, 3 Credits)

An introductory study of the relationship between film and American culture. The objective is to improve one's ability to understand a film's message and to expand one's cultural awareness. Discussion covers the way one of our most popular media portrays American culture and influences our interpretation of cultural issues. Various films, filmmaking issues, and representative filmmakers' work are examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 204, AMST 204, or HUMN 204.

Understanding Movies (ARTH 334, 3 Credits)

(Formerly HUMN 334.) An analysis of one of the most important means of artistic expression of the 20th century. The goal is to acquire a deeper understanding of the aesthetic qualities of film by considering the stylistic elements of film as it has evolved throughout the century and weighing the special relationship between cinema and literature. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 334, HUMN 334, or HUMN 498D.

History of Western Art I (ARTH 372, 3 Credits)

(Formerly ARTH 370.) A survey of the development of the Western tradition of visual art in its various forms that examines and compares the expression of cultural and aesthetic values in different parts of the Western world from prehistory through the Middle Ages. The objective is to apply principles of visual literacy; describe, analyze, and contextualize content and elements of art; and differentiate historic periods and styles of art. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 370 or ARTH 372.

History of Western Art II (ARTH 373, 3 Credits)

(Formerly ARTH 371.) A survey of the development of visual art of the Western world in its various forms that examines and compares the expression of cultural and aesthetic values in Europe and the United States from 1300 to the present day. The aim is to apply principles of visual literacy; describe, analyze, and contextualize content and elements of art; and differentiate historic periods and styles of art. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 371 or ARTH 373.

History of Graphic Art (ARTH 375, 3 Credits)

Recommended: ARTH 204. A survey of the development of graphic design with an emphasis on the historical, technological, and sociological influences on the production of typography and the aesthetics of visual media. The aim is to recognize the philosophy of graphic arts, identify various movements within the field, and analyze the impact of graphic arts upon society. Topics include major works and artists and cultural, social, and religious movements and their impact on graphic arts.

Contemporary Art (ARTH 388, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ARTH 373. A thematic survey of contemporary art from 1970 to the present. The goal is to actively engage and find meaning with diverse artistic expressions, including art that ranges from the sublime to the outrageous. Discussion covers contemporary art, the people who create it, and the institutions that support it.

History of Women in the Visual Arts (ARTH 478, 3 Credits)

A survey of the work, roles, and representations of women in the visual arts, from the 16th century to the present. The aim is to evaluate the role of women artists and assess the impact of gender on visual arts as a way to understand the complexity and diversity of human experience and culture. Emphasis is on women working in the tradition of Western art in painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, performance art, photography, and other media and how gender affected their art and their careers.

Advanced Special Topics in Art History (ARTH 489, 3 Credits)

Advanced study of selected topics in art history. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either ARTH 199 or ARTH 489 only once.

Northern Renaissance Art in Brussels and Paris (ARTH 489F, 3 Credits)

An examination of artistic developments in the Netherlands and northern France during the 15th and 16th centuries. Emphasis is on painting, but architecture, sculpture, and tapestry are also studied. The relationship between the development of bourgeois communal society and Northern Realism and the artistic exchanges and influences between Italy and the North are explored. Visits to Bruges, Gent, and Antwerp are included. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199F or ARTH 489F.

Renaissance Art in Florence (ARTH 489G, 3 Credits)

A study tour of Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance art. The artistic, historical, and cultural milieu into which Renaissance art was born is explored. Museum visits within the city and field trips to Siena, San Gimignano, and Arezzo are included. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199G or ARTH 489G.

Picasso in Paris (ARTH 489L, 3 Credits)

A study of major developments in modern art, beginning with Cubism and including Expressionism and Surrealism. Focus is on Picasso. The collections in the Picasso Museum, the Pompidou Center, and the Orangerie are explored. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199L or ARTH 489L.

Van Gogh: His Life and Work (ARTH 489M, 3 Credits)

An introduction to modern art, focusing on Vincent van Gogh and his influence on modern painting. Topics include van Gogh's experiments with color and form and how his work opened the door to a new era. His influence on fauvism, German expressionism, abstract expressionism, neo-expressionism, and painters like Matisse, Kandinsky, and Jawlensky is also examined. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 199M or ARTH 489M.