Fine Arts | Ancient to Medieval Art
A101 | 7193 | Diane Reilly
This team-taught survey course will examine the history of visual arts
in the Western world from Ancient Egypt (ca. 3000 BC) to the end of
the Gothic era in Europe (ca. 1400 AD). The course will focus
primarily on developments in the “major arts” of architecture,
sculpture and painting, although other media, such as ceramics,
jewelry and small-scale metalwork, and textiles will also be addressed.
In lecture and discussion sections, we will approach the individual
works of art with two specific goals in mind: 1) to understand the
works in art in terms of their formal structure, artistic innovations,
and stylistic development, and 2) to situate the works into their
specific historical and cultural contexts in order to understand
better how different societies lived and perceived the world around them.