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Art History (ART H)

ART H 312 (GA;IL) Romanesque and Gothic Art (3) Survey of the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Christian church in western Europe from 1000 to 1500.

ART H 312 Romanesque and Gothic Art (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Art History 312 concentrates on the art of northern Europe between A.D. 1000 and 1500, from Ottonian art to Romanesque art continuing to the beginnings of Gothic art. Works studied include architecture, manuscript painting, ivory carving and goldsmithwork, most of which were produced by or for members of the clergy, royalty or the lay aristocracy. The basic structure of the course is chronological. The course is designed to meet two principal goals. The first is to increase students' powers of visual analysis and 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. 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. Requirements include essay exams and at least one paper. As a general education course in the arts, this course provides an introduction to Romanesque and Gothic art to a student of any major. This course has no prerequisite, and presumes no prior exposure to fine art. Students majoring in Art History will learn in it both the common vocabulary of the field and the outlines of the field that form the foundation for future study.

General Education: GA
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2006

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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