ARH 205: History of Western Art II
Have you ever wonder why poeple throughout the ages have felt impelled to make art? This course examines the characteristics of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts in relation to the cultures and artists producing them. This is the second course in a series of three courses that focuses on the major monuments, artists and artistic developments in Western Europe during the medieval and renaissance periods.
Spanning the years from 400 AD to 1550 AD, the course begins with Rome’s fall, and goes on to consider Rome’s legacy, the rise of the Byzantine Empire, and the spread of Christianity and Islam. It continues with the flowering of Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic cultures in Western Europe. The term finishes with a treatment of the Renaissance, culminating in the works of Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Holbein and Dürer. Covering painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscript illumination and the decorative arts, the course aims to define elements of artistic style and to track the evolution of individual, regional and period styles. Students will, furthermore, examine artworks and artistic movements in the context of political, economic, religious, intellectual and social history, in an attempt to better understand the creation, function and reception of art. Assignments will bring students into direct contact with some of the treasures of the University Art Museum and Knight Library Special Collections.
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Time: 09:00AM - 11:20AM
Date: 6/24 - 7/21
Location: 115 LA
Instructor: Rubenstein Calevi L