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Art history is more than names, dates, and movements— it is about the unexpected connections that create its complex narrative. From Egypt’s mythic symbolism to Warhol’s pop sensibility, this course invites you to study major artists and examine key art objects that illustrate and explain the unfolding of Western art history. As there is never a single way to interpret an art object, course lectures provide diverse contexts and ways of looking, guiding you toward developing an independent and confident approach to looking at—and finding meaning in—works of art.

For those passionate about art, Art History: Egyptian Art to Pop, The Key Movements offers a solid education on how to analyze, interpret, and appreciate art.

What you will learn:

  • The tools to independently look at and interpret works of art from the Egyptian pyramids to Pop art.
  • The facility and confidence to approach all kinds of art with a critical eye and sensibility of appreciation.
  • The ability to identify and date important art objects and define the essential characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Coming soon

    We offer our online courses throughout the year with sessions starting every 4-6 weeks.
  • Faculty


    Georgia Krantz, Faculty, Online Courses
    Ph.D., ABD, Queen's University, Ontario; MA, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Georgia Krantz is an independent art historian and arts educator with a focus on 20th-century art. She has taught art history at the New School and Pratt Institute and has worked as an educator and education consultant at numerous NYC institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the International Center of Photography, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Krantz has extensive university and museum education experience. She currently teaches graduate studies at the Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Interactive Digital Media program at NYU.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece, and Rome

    • Egyptian Pyramids and Sculpture

    • Archaic and Classical Greek Sculpture and the Parthenon

    • Roman Veristic Sculpture and the Roman Arch

    Week 2: The Myth of the Dark Ages and the Emergence of Light: The Medieval Period

    • Medieval Objects

    • Medieval Manuscripts

    • Romanesque Architecture

    • Gothic Architecture

    • The Proto Renaissance

    Week 3: Science, Grandeur, and Leisure: Renaissance, Baroque and Beyond

    • Italian Renaissance

    • Northern Renaissance

    • Baroque Painting, Sculpture

    Week 4: The 19th Century and the Rise of Modernism

    • Neo-Classicism

    • Romanticism

    • Realism

    • Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

    Week 5: A New Millennium: The Early 20th Century

    • Cubism and Futurism

    • Marcel Duchamp

    • Russian Constructivism

    Week 6: Post-WWII: Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art

    • Post World War II: Abstract Expressionism

    • Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art

    • Post-War Art in Europe & America

  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    Tuition includes 6 weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.

    Terms and Conditions
  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    For each course successfully completed, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor, Non-Degree Programs
    Tel: 212-897-6644 or Request Information

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