Art and Art History 198. Experimental Courses
Introduction to American Art
An introduction to American art and architecture from the colonial period through mid twentieth century, this course considers the role that visual culture has played in the formation of national identity. Students will examine individual case studies to understand how artists negotiated the rise of urban culture, war, industrial prosperity, and the changing politics of race and gender.
Introduction to Renaissance Italian Art
This introductory course is meant to give students a survey of the arts in the Italian peninsula from the 13th century to the 18th century. The class will present a variety of works in diverse media made during what is commonly called the Renaissance. We will explore architecture, paintings, and sculptures by analyzing the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which they were produced. At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss early modern Italian art and to understand the particular concepts that drove artistic productions. Students will also learn the foundations of art historical methods and vocabulary; they will deploy these tools to analyze the works examined in class. Though the course is structured around lectures, students are strongly encouraged to bring their own comments and questions to class. No previous knowledge of art history is required.