This eight-week course examines key concepts in art history and art theory. Clear and concise weekly themes provide a framework to discuss a range of art objects selected from a variety of geographical areas.
The course begins with an exploration of different timelines within art history. After that, each week surveys different forms of representation, analyzing how they have developed from the iconic works of the Old Masters to the innovative practices of contemporary artists today. This structure provides you with the necessary background and tools to confidently address complex subjects in art history, art criticism, curatorial work, and collecting—all indispensable to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of art, or pursuing a professional career in the art world.
What you will learn:
- A general overview of the history and development of Modern and contemporary art.
- The ability to analyze the formal and contextual qualities of a work of art and evaluate its importance in a variety of historical and social contexts.
- Knowledge of the visual vocabulary used to identify and discuss specific art forms, techniques, styles, periods, or movements.
- The skills to critically compare and contrast the works, periods, and movements studied.