Fine Arts | Historiography of Western Art
A500 | 2119 | Kleinbauer


R, 2:00p-4:00p
FA Room 007

This course will examine the methods and assumptions of Western
art history in the period from the Italian Renaissance to the
current day.  The range of approaches to the discipline is not
unified or monolithic but quite varied, complicated, and even
highly contradictory.  It rests on the foundations of the
discipline in the writings of Vasari, Winckelmann, and Hegel, and
extends to the connoisseurship of Morelli and Berenson, the
cultural history of Burckhardt, the formalism of W”lfflin, the
Vienna School of Riegl and Max Dvor k, iconography and iconology;
Freud and psychoanalysis; Jungian psychology, Marxist art
history, the social history of art, semiotics, structuralism,
post-structuralism, deconstruction, and feminism.  The members of
this course will read primary texts or actual examples of these
points of view rather than commentaries about them.

Enrollment is open only graduate students in art history and is
limited.  By action of the art history faculty in 1998, this
course counts no longer as a seminar but as a graduate lecture
course and represents an independent field of inquiry
(historiography).