Art History: Renaissance Art to Present explores the highlights of European and American art from the early Renaissance to 19th century Romanticism and through to the Modern Age. Focusing on the paintings of masters including Giotto, Dürer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and others, you 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 developments that define each historical era, revealing the fascinating aesthetic advancements made possible by the materials and methods available in each art period. For those new to art history, this course provides a solid underpinning for analyzing, interpreting, and appreciating paintings.
What you will learn:
- The ability to visually identify artistic materials and techniques in paintings and understand their importance.
- The tools needed to identify and date important paintings and define the essential characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.
- The analytical and communication skills necessary to interpret and discuss these works within social, cultural, and political contexts.