Art History: Renaissance Art to Present explores the highlights of European and American painting from the early Renaissance to nineteenth-century romanticism and into the modern age. Focusing on the paintings of Western masters including Giotto, Dürer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and others, you will discover the impact of the classical past, the interrelationship between stylistic developments, and the broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context in which art emerged. This course emphasizes the technical progress that defines each historical era, revealing the fascinating aesthetic advancements made possible by the materials and methods available at different times. For those new to art history, this course provides a solid underpinning for analyzing, interpreting, and appreciating paintings.
You will learn:
- To identify the materials and techniques employed by artists in paintings and to describe the importance and relevance of artistic processes.
- To accurately date works of art and to define the essential characteristics of significant paintings, movements, and individual artists in Western art history.
- To interpret and analyze significant artworks within their social, cultural, and political contexts.