Experience the history of art through the lens of New York’s outstanding art collections. From antiquity to contemporary art, this course combines historical lectures with a close examination of works of art at museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Historical and aesthetic concepts introduced in lectures and readings will be grounded in discussions and in visual analyses of the artworks themselves. The course provides a framework for understanding the progression of styles in Western art and sharpens the student’s eye toward a nuanced appreciation of the materiality of 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.