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This course provides a detailed examination of the most important and influential movements in the history of Western art. Beginning with its ancient roots in Egypt and Greece, tracing links from the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Parthenon of Athens, the course delves into the classical world from the rise of the Roman Empire to the development of the Byzantine Empire. The shift that occurred during the Medieval period, both in artistic production and architecture as an art form, is examined next. Students then explore the Renaissance, with its revival of classical forms, along with the Mannerist and Baroque movements that follow. The course concludes with an investigation of 19th-century art, the birth of modernism in the 20th century and trends in contemporary art, with a particular focus on the New York scene. Study is enriched by a close examination of artworks during regular visits to New York galleries and museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the progression of art history, recognizing continuity as well as disparity between different styles of art through the ages.
  • Hone their observation skills through close examination of numerous art objects, and develop appropriate vocabulary to describe their observations.
  • Draw links between their visual observations and contextual information gleaned from classroom lectures and related readings.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    July 10 - August 3, 2017.
    Monday - Thursday: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Faculty


    Heather Cotter is an art historian and museum educator with a long history of teaching in museums. She has worked at such prestigious institutions as the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently an educator at both the Museum of Modern Art and Dia: Beacon, where she lectures and teaches courses on modern and contemporary art topics. She is also an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Purchase and Westchester Community College where she teaches courses in art history and museum studies. Cotter holds an MEd in Art Education from Harvard University and an MA in Art History from Boston University.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt and Greece

    • The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

    • Medieval Art and Architecture

    • Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

    • Renaissance Art

    • Baroque and Rococo Art

    • Neoclassical and Romantic Art

    • Late 19th Century Art

    • The Birth of Modernism in the 20th Century Art

    • The New York Scene

    • Art Trends of the 21st Century

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  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    4-week courses: $3,750 for one course or $7,000 for two 4-week courses. One 4-week with one 2-week: $5,700.

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
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