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.