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New Courses for Fall 2017

Art 375-Rethinking the Renaissance

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This course examines art made between ca. 1400-1600 that has traditionally been described as belonging to the Italian Renaissance (that is, art made on the Italian peninsula) and to the Northern Renaissance (that is, art made in what is today the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Austria). While these two subjects are often taught as separate historical and artistic phenomena, this course will consider possible alternatives to this prevalent model. By focusing on artists and art works that traveled in both directions across the Alps, students will have the chance to consider a more inclusive definition of the Renaissance.  

Art 324 - Realism, Impressionism & the Birth of Modernism

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A focused, illustrated study of two brilliant movements in modern art history through the work of some of the greatest artists of the mid-to-late nineteenth century, including Millet, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Renoir, and Rodin. Addresses the innovative production of these artists in relation to the tumultuous cultural and political circumstances of the late 1800s. Explores the pivotal influence of Realism and Impressionism upon the development of Vanguard Modernism. Students are encouraged to utilize the outstanding resources of local art collections. Readings, illustrated lectures, class discussions, and field trips to local collections.

Art 332-Contemporary Art (1945 to Present)

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This course will cover art from the end of World War II to the year 2000.

Art 335/533-Medieval Art & Architecture

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This course surveys the art and architecture of the Middle Ages from approximately the fourth through fourteenth centuries, from the end of Roman political control of Europe through the Gothic period. Although Western Europe is the geographic focus of the course, we will also consider the vital influence of ongoing contact between Europe and the Byzantine and Islamic worlds. In addition to introducing students to the development of medieval artistic and architectural styles through slide lectures, readings, and discussions, this class will consider the ways that medieval art was often an integrated multi-sensory experience that functioned in religious, political, and social contexts.