An introduction to the history of art and architecture. While the primary focus will provide students with an appreciation of the art and architecture of the West, coverage of non-western material will also be included. The material covered ranges from the pre-historic period to the present day, and spans the regions of the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Students will be introduced to different styles of painting, sculpture, and architecture, and helped to understand how those styles were influenced by the social, political, and religious thought of each historical period.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
• Understand the broad outlines of art history, including non-western art
• Read a work of art through its formal elements as well as its historical context
• Engage with works of art on a personal level
Course Details: What is art? Prehistoric, Ancient Greek and Roman, Islamic, Asian, African, Aboriginal, Jewish, early Christian, Byzantine, Early Medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, Modern European, American, and Contemporary
Image: Basilica of the Holy Family (Sagrada Família), Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.