Art History (ARTH)

Acting Head of Department: Professor Cora Lynn Deibler

Department Office: Room 100, Art Building

Major requirements

1128. Global Perspectives on Western Art: Renaissance to the Present

Three credits. Lecture with discussion groups. Greeley, Orwicz

Survey of Western art (15th Century through the present) within a global perspective. Explores transformations in Western art, in relation to the West’s fundamental interconnection with non-Western societies. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1137. Introduction to Art History I: Prehistoric -14th Century

Three credits.

Survey of art and architecture from prehistoric times through the fourteenth century. CA 1.

1138. Introduction to Art History II: 15th Century – Present

Three credits.

Survey of art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present day. CA 1.

1140. Introduction to Asian Art

Three credits. Three hours lecture.

Asian art and architecture from prehistory to the present. Asian artistic practices as well as transcultural artistic connections in Asia and beyond. CA 1.

1141. From Sun Gods to Lowriders: Introduction to Latin American Art

Three credits.

A thematic survey of Latin American art from 200 B.C. to the present. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1162. Introduction to Architecture

Three credits.

An introduction to the history of architecture considered in its social, technological and urban context. CA 1.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, normally before the student’s departure to study abroad. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

2198. Variable Topics

Three credits. Three hours of lecture per week. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits with a change in topic.

2993. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, normally before the student’s departure to study abroad. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3005. Museums and the Interpretation of Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

The history and philosophy of museums.

3015. Women and Body Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Not open for credit to students who have passed WGSS 3251.

Women’s use of body art to express aspects of gender identity and interpretation of body art from a variety of cultures. “Body art” encompasses cosmetics, painting, hair styling, tattoo, scarification, clothing, ornaments, plastic surgery, and exercise.

3020. Asian American Art and Visual Culture

(Also offered as AASI 3220.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in contemporary Asian American art and visual culture, 1960’s to the present.

3020W. Asian American Art and Visual Culture

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors; open to juniors or higher; others with consent of instructor.

3030. The Artist and Society

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

An investigation of the artist’s professional function throughout history in different Western societies.

3035. History of the Print

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Survey of printmaking in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present.

3050. African-American Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

The artistic and social legacy of African American art from the eighteenth century to the present day. CA 4.

3050W. African-American Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4.

3140. Greek Art

(Also offered as CAMS 3251.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Greek art and architecture from the ninth century B.C. to the first-century A.D.

3140W. Greek Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor.

3150. Roman Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

History of Roman art and architecture.

3150W. Roman Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3210. Late Antique and Byzantine Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Art and architecture of the late Roman empire and the Byzantine East.

3210W. Late Antique and Byzantine Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3220. Early Medieval Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Early medieval art from the fifth through the tenth centuries. Germanic metalwork, Hiberno-Saxon manuscripts, and the art of the era of Charlemagne and his successors.

3220W. Early Medieval Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3230. Romanesque Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Topics in medieval painting, architecture and sculpture through the twelfth century.

3230W. Romanesque Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3240. Gothic Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Gothic art and architecture, with emphasis on the court styles of England and France.

3240W. Gothic Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3260. The Early Illustrated Book

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

The early history of the illustrated book, from antiquity through the introduction of printing.

3260W. The Early Illustrated Book

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3330. Art of the Northern Renaissance

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Painting, sculpture, graphic arts of the Lowlands and Germany, 1400-1600.

3330W. Art of the Northern Renaissance

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3340. Baroque Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Art and architecture of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries with emphasis on Italy, Netherlands, France and Spain.

3340W. Baroque Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3360. Eighteenth Century European Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Art and architecture of the eighteenth century with emphasis on England and France.

3430. Nineteenth Century European Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

European art from Neo-Classicism to Realism.

3430W. Nineteenth Century European Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3440. Nineteenth Century American Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in American Art, 1770-1900.

3440W. Nineteenth Century American Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3445. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in French Painting, 1860-1900.

3445W. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3450. American Architecture

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

American architecture from the colonial era to the present. Field trips may be required.

3460. History of Photography: 1839 – World War I

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in the history of photography from 1839 to World War I.

3460W. History of Photography: 1839 – World War I

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3500. Urban Architecture: International Perspectives

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

The historical development of the urban, built environment in Europe, Asia and the Americas

3500W. Urban Architecture: International Perspectives

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3510. Modern Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in the art of the first half of the twentieth century.

3510W. Modern Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3530. Contemporary Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in the art of the second half of the twentieth century.

3530W. Contemporary Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3560. History of Photography: World War I – Present

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in the history of photography from World War I to the present.

3560W. History of Photography: World War I – Present

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3570. History and Theory of Digital Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Examines the aesthetics and cultural impact of digital art in various modes including performance, online, and object production.

3575. Human Rights and Visual Culture

(Also offered as HRTS 3575.) Three credits. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

The problematics of visual representation and media in defining, documenting and visualizing human rights and humanitarianism from the 19th century birth of photography to 21st century social media.

3575W. Human Rights and Visual Culture

Three credits. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher.

3610. Art of Mesoamerica

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

A survey of art from Mexico and Central America 2000 BS-CE 1500. Cultures covered include Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztec.

3610W. Art of Mesoamerica

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3620. Colonial Mexican Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

3620W. Colonial Mexican Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to art history and art majors, others with consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

3630. Alternative Modernities: Visual Culture of Latin America

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

A thematic survey of Latin American art from the nineteenth century to present. CA 4-INT.

3630W. Alternative Modernities: Visual Culture of Latin America

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4-INT.

3640. Mexican and Chicano Art from Muralism to La Raza

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Topics in Mexican and Chicano art from Mexican Independence to the present. CA 4.

3640W. Mexican and Chicano Art from Muralism to La Raza

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4.

3645. From Revolution to Reggae: Modern and Contemporary Caribbean Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

A survey of art and visual production in the Caribbean from the 1804 Haitian Revolution to the present. CA 4.

3645W. From Revolution to Reggae: Modern and Contemporary Caribbean Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4.

3720. The Art of China

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Survey of major art forms in China c. 2500 B.C. to the twentieth century.

3720W. The Art of China

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3730. The Art of Japan

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

A survey of major art forms in Japan, prehistoric to the present.

3740. Far Eastern Painting

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: ARTH 3720 or 3730.

Major trends in painting in China from the Han Dynasty to the present; in Japan from the Nara period to the present.

3740W. Far Eastern Painting

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: ARTH 3720 or 3730.

3745. Buddhist Art in the Orient

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Buddhist sculpture, painting, and architecture in India, China and Japan.

3760. African Art

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

A survey of African art from antiquity to present.

3760W. African Art

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3991. Field Studies Internship in Art History

Variable credit to a maximum of 12 credits. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: two 1000-level Art History courses, two 3000-4000 level Art History courses, and consent of instructor; open to sophomores or higher.

Supervised practical experience in museum and museum related work. Section one: Wadsworth Atheneum Internship. Participation in Museum Studies Seminars, staff meetings and completion of individual project at the Atheneum. Application must be approved by Wadsworth Atheneum Education Department; deadlines are in April for first semester and November for second semester.

3992. Cooperative Education in Art

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher; open only with consent of Department Head. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Practicum for students participating in the off-campus Cooperative Education Program.

3993. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher; consent of Department Head required, normally before the student’s departure to study abroad. May be repeated with a change of content.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3995. Investigation of Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Special topics.

4099. Independent Study

Variable credit to a maximum of 6 credits. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher with a departmental G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher; consent of instructor required. Exceptions only by approval of Department Head.

Designed for advanced students who wish to pursue the study of a special topic, culminating in a project in art history.

 

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