Fine Arts | Ancient to Medieval Art
A101 | 2014 | --


The format of this course consists of two evenings a week with no
discussion sections.
During the semester we will examine significant monuments and art objects
dating from around 4000 B.C. to 1400 A.D.  The primary objective of the
course is to understand the civilizations of the important periods of
antiquity and the Middle Ages by means of an examination of their visual
material remains.  For example, we will learn what the pyramids and
colossal sphinx tell us about
ancient Egyptian civilization, what the Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens
tell us about the Greek civilization, and what Gothic cathedrals with
their sculptures and stained glass windows tell
us about the late Middle Ages and Christianity.  We will be taking a look
not only at actual works of art but also archaeology, religions, society,
and literature and other salient remains of culture.