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Art History (ART H)

ART H 112U (GA;IL) Renaissance to Modern Art Honors (3) Honors Survey of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary art, with an emphasis on painting, sculpture, and graphic arts.

ART H 112U Renaissance to Modern Art Honors (3)

Art History 112U provides an introduction to the history of art in the European tradition from the early Renaissance (ca. 1300) to the present. Areas covered include Early and High Renaissance Italian art; Northern Renaissance art; Baroque art of Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands; and subsequent artistic movements emphasizing the Rococo, Neo-Classicism, Realism, Impressionism and Modernist movements from Fauvism through Abstract Expressionism to Contemporary. The course is designed to meet two principal goals. The first is to increase students' powers of visual analysis and to help them build a critical vocabulary for discussing an art object's medium, composition, style, and iconography. The second is to foster an understanding of the deep implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts, both historical and contemporary. The course therefore involves significant material relating to political, economic and religious issues. It investigates problems in patronage, function, reception and censorship. It considers such intra- and cross-cultural issues as representations of gender and the incorporation of non-European art forms into the Western tradition. Requirements typically include examinations combining short answer and essay questions, and at least one writing assignment. As a general education course in the arts, this course provides an introduction to Renaissance through modern art for a student in any major. It has no prerequisite and presumes no prior exposure to art history. It will teach students majoring in Art History both the common vocabulary of the field and the outlines of the field that form the foundation for future study. As befits an Honors course, our readings and discussions will range far beyond the textbook. We will read a selection of scholarly and “primary” sources (produced at the time the artworks at issue were).

General Education: GA
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2016

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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