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ART H 111 (GA;IL) Ancient to Medieval Art (3) Survey of Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art, with an emphasis on sculpture and painting.

ART H 111 Ancient to Medieval Art (3)
(GA;IL)

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

This course is an introduction to Western art before the Renaissance, from ca. 25,000 BCE to AD 1423. The topics covered in this course include prehistoric art in Europe; art of the Near East and Egypt; Aegean art; Greek and Roman art; Early Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine art; and Medieval art including Romanesque and Gothic developments. 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. The course therefore involves significant material relating to political, economic and religious issues. It nvestigates 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. Typical requirements include exams and a paper. As a general education course in the arts, this course provides an introduction to Ancient through Medieval art to a student of any major. This course has no prerequisite and presumes no prior exposure to art history. As a course in the Art History major, it teaches students both the common vocabulary of the field and the outlines of the field that form the foundation for future study. Art History 111 serves as a companion course to Art History 112, which deals with art from the Renaissance to Modern Times. Art History 111 also complements Art History 201, "Ancient to Medieval Architecture."


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.