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Art History (ART H)

ART H 458 (IL) Baroque Capitals of Europe (3) This course examines the architecture and urbanism of European capital cities from 1600-1800.

ART H 458 Roman Rococo Architecture and the Dawn of Neoclassicism (3)

Most scholars agree that the modern European capital was created in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This course will examine what transformed the cities into centers of power, culture, and learning. We will look at new building types, the creation of civic institutions, and changes in the urban plan. The course will therefore provide an overview of the architecture and urbanism of the period and also explore the political and social contexts that made them possible. Topics include capitals of great political importance such as Paris and London as well as smaller centers like Turin and Nancy that underwent major urban and architectural transformations. The social function of buildings that mark these capitals, from poor houses to opera houses, will also be explored. Units covered may include Rome of Alexander VII, London Before and After the Great Fire, Convents and Capitals, and the City Destroyed and Rebuilt. Primary and secondary reading, ranging from Pepy's Diary to Habermas' examination of the public sphere will offer period accounts as well as conceptual frameworks for understanding the capital. The objective is to challenge students to think deeply about our urban environment and its debts to this earlier era. This course fulfills elective and 400-level requirements in Art History and General Education (IL), but it is also designed to complement concentrations in History, Music, and Architecture. It would be offered every two to three years. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, four exams, group presentations, and critical essays.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: ART H 100 orART H 112 orART H 202 orART H 304 orART H 314

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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