Fine Arts | Renaissance through Modern Art
A102 | 5630 | Chrystine Keener
This course will serve as an introduction to the history of Western
art addressing the rebirth of classical form during the Renaissance,
the age of the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the
Enlightenment and its legacy, the rise of Modernism, the development
of Modern art, and art from the later 20th century. We will consider
select art works or sites representative of these periods in their
physical, historical and social contexts.
Although the course will focus primarily on developments in
architecture, sculpture, and painting, lectures will also touch on
the so-called "minor arts" (ceramics, small-scale metalwork and
ivory carving, textiles, prints, etc.) where possible. Emphasis will
be placed on both visual analysis (honing the studentís descriptive,
analytical, and interpretive skills) and contextual history. The
course presumes no prior exposure to the History of Art.