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Art History I: Cave Painting to Michelangelo
The first half of a year-long survey of the history of art, beginning with early evidence for human artistic production and including a chronological treatment of the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Romanesque and Gothic Europe, the Renaissance, north and south, as well as Asia and Africa.
Art History II: Baroque to Modern
The second half of a year-long survey of the history of art, beginning with the Baroque in Europe and continuing through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and America. Attention will also be paid to Meso-America and Japan. The concludes with international contemporary developments.
Art History I: Introductory Survey of Art I (Honors)
The first half of a year-long survey of the history of art, this introduces honors students to the diverse artistic production before 1600 through a selection of monuments from early cave paintings, antiquity (Egypt, Near East, Greece, and Rome), Byzantium, medieval and renaissance Europe, and Asia.
Art History II: Introductory Survey of Art II (Honors)
The second half of a year-long survey of the history of art, this introduces honors students to the diverse artistic production after 1600 through the present, primarily in the West, but with some attention to artistic monuments in Asia.
Ancient Art and Architecture
Survey of sculpture, architecture, and painting from Prehistory (50,000 BP) to the Iron Age (800 BC) in the Prehistoric, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Aegean-Mediterranean cultural traditions. Critical methodological issues, recent archaeological discoveries, and on-going debates are highlighted.
Greek Art and Architecture
Sculpture, architecture, and painting of the ancient Greek world from the beginning of the Protogeometric Period (1050 BC) to the end of the Hellenistic Period (31 BC) in its historical, social, and cultural context. Critical methodological issues, recent archaeological discoveries, and on-going debates are highlighted.
Roman Art and Architecture
Sculpture, architecture, and wall painting of ancient Rome and the lands governed by Rome from the beginning of the Iron Age (1000 BC) to the reign of Constantine (AD 330) in its historical, social, and cultural context. Critical methodological issues, recent important archaeological discoveries, and on-going debates are highlighted.
Medieval Art and Architecture
Art and architecture from the fourth century through the fourteenth century with an emphasis on the developments of religious and secular architecture.
Art and Architecture of Late Antiquity
The monuments of art and architecture in the Mediterranean world, both East and West, dating from the third to the sixth century, with emphasis on the continuity between Classical Roman art and the emerging medieval traditions of Byzantium and Western Europe.
Islamic Art and Architecture
Islamic art and architecture from the birth of the Prophet until the sixteenth century. Geographically, the materials covered range from Afghanistan to Spain. Students will be introduced to this very rich art, to its religious context, and to its historiography in the West.
Major monuments, artists, and subjects of art from the late fourteenth through the sixteenth century in Europe.
Art and Architecture of Byzantium—The Empire of the New Rome
A survey of the art and architecture in the Byzantine world from the sixth to the sixteenth century.
Baroque Art I: Southern Europe
A survey of Baroque art and architecture in Italy, Spain, and France from ca. 1590 through 1675. Major artists to be considered include Caravaggio, Bernini, Velasquez, and Poussin.
Art and Architecture of Russia
Considering the art and architecture of Russia from the eleventh through the twentieth century; four major themes will be: Christianization of Kievan Rus'; Moscow as the Third Rome; the westernization of the Russian Empire; the reinvention of the Russian past during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art
A survey of Baroque art and architecture in Flanders, the Netherlands, and Germany from ca. 1600 through 1700. Major artists to be considered include Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.
Introduction to African American Art
An introduction to the history of African-American art and visual culture from the colonial era to the present.
Art in the United States from the Colonial period through the Depression of the 1930s. The social, political, and intellectual contexts of American visual culture will be stressed.
Eighteenth-Century European Art
Examination of the artistic production in Europe during 1700-1800, along with the rise of the art academy, the public art exhibition, and art criticism. The major styles or movements - Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism - are studied as well as the new pictorial concepts of the picturesque and sublime.
Nineteenth-Century European Art
Examination of the artistic production in Europe during 1800-1890 when avant-garde art first appeared. The particular formal qualities, content, and historical context of major styles or movements - Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism - are studied individually, but connected by overarching themes - the roles of art exhibitions, critics, and market.
Survey of major artists and movements in Europe from the late nineteenth century to World War II, and subsequent developments in American Art.
American buildings, their architects, and architectural theory in the continental United States from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.
Introduction to Contemporary Art
Examination of a series of significant examples of art and architecture, primarily in the United States and Europe, from 1960 to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, photography, video, and electronic media as well as architecture and urban design will be studied as evidence of important trends.
Asian Art and Architecture
Survey of the historical development of material culture in South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia. The primary focus of this is an examination of the art and architecture associated with the major religious traditions of Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
This provides an overview of the development of modernist "art" photography from its beginnings in pictorialism and documentary photography through its absorption of cubism, surrealism, abstraction, and realism. American and European photographers will be examined within the history of modernist art and its philosophical, political and social contexts.
Gender and Feminism and Art History
An introduction to visual culture in the west (1650-present) organized around issues of gender and representation. In addition, this will familiarize students with a specific methodological approach within art history: feminist and gender- based art history, as it has evolved since its inception in the 1970's.
Hellenistic Greek Art
Art and architecture of the Greek world from 323 to 31 BC with an emphasis on portraiture, baroque and genre sculpture, theatrical and scholarly tendencies in architecture, cross- cultural receptions and adaptations, retrospective styles, and the influence of Roman patronage. Critical methodological issues, recent archaeological discoveries, and ongoing debates are highlighted.
Greek and Roman Painting
Art and architecture of the Roman villa from its origins 300 BC in Italy to its end AD 350 across the Roman Empire with an emphasis on sculpture, painting, and literary evidence for the culture of the villa phenomena. Critical methodological issues, recent archaeological discoveries, and on-going debates are highlighted.
The Roman Villa
Painting produced in the Greek and Roman worlds from 800 BC to AD 300 with an emphasis on the art's social-historical development and display, materials and techniques, literary exphrasis, and the culture of painting and viewing. Critical methodological issues, recent archaeological discoveries, and on-going debates are highlighted.
Color in Ancient Art
Study of the importance and function of color in ancient Mediterranean art and culture from the Bronze Age (3000 BC) to the end of Classical Antiquity (AD 330). Topics include artistic materials and techniques, languages of color, ancient color theory, and the reception of color (or lack thereof) on ancient artworks. Critical methodological issues, recent archaeological discoveries, and ongoing debates are highlighted.
Ancient Roman Sculpture
Sculpture produced in Rome and the Roman Empire from 200 BC to AD 330 with an emphasis on portraiture, mythological statuary, and state reliefs. Topics of interest include materials and techniques, ancient display and function, literary s of statuary, Roman viewers, and the modern historiography and reception of Roman marble statuary. Recent discoveries, current methodological approaches, and new research are critically examined.
Classical Tradition in the Visual Arts
The influence of classical antiquity on the art and architecture of post-classical eras tracing formal affinities and the myths of classical gods and heroes.
Icons in Byzantium: Theory and Practice
Various issues of panel painting in the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines not only mastered the production of such pieces of art but additionally they developed a highly sophisticated theory of images that was unique in the medieval world. This explores the dynamics between the theory and the practice of creating, displaying, and venerating icons.
Image in Space: Mural Painting and Architecture in Byzantium
The issue of the interdependence of mural painting and architectural space in Byzantine Art.
Early Medieval Art
Architecture, sculpture, and painting in Western Europe from the seventh through the eleventh centuries.
Art and Architecture in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Presents art and architecture in the eleventh and twelfth centuries not as contradiction between Romanesque and Gothic but as pertaining to a same milieu. Study of medieval art in a broad context, for example, in light of the important cultural and intellectual exchanges in the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.
Gothic Art and Architecture
The art and architecture from ca. 1100 until 1400 with an emphasis on the medieval society and artistic production in France.
Intellectual Foundations of Medieval Art and Architecture
An exploration into the intellectual context of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. More precisely, a study of a variety of medieval sources and their relationship to medieval artistic and architectural achievements.
Late Gothic Art in Italy
Principal monuments and artists of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in Italy emphasizing figures such as Giotto, Duccio, Simone Martini, and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Art and Religion of Classical India
Survey of the history of Indian art and religious thought from the IndusValley Civilization to the medieval period. The origins and major developments within Hinduism and Buddhism will be explored, with a specific emphasis on how they impacted the production of Indian art and architecture.
Buddhist Visual Worlds: India, Nepal, and Tibet
The historical developments of Buddhist ideas, practices, institutions, and visual culture are remarkably diverse. This will explore various aspects of Buddhist Visual Culture influenced by Mainstream, Mahayana and Esoteric Buddhist doctrine, philosophy and ritual across the broad yet interrelated areas of India and the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet
Myth, Epic, and Edifying Tales in Asian Art
Throughout the visual cultures of pre-modern Asia, narrative art occupies a prominent, if not predominant, role. Through a series of interrelated case studies, this class will explore, analyze, and interpret representative examples of narrative storytelling in the arts of India, Central Asia, China, and Japan.
Early Renaissance in Italy
Architecture, sculpture, and painting of the fifteenth century focusing on Tuscany, and the emergence and development of the new art principles in Florence represented in the work of such artists as Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Alberti, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Pollaiuolo, and Botticelli.
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy
The climactic period of the Renaissance in Italy with special emphasis on such key figures as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Protormo, Rosso Fiorentino, and Bronzino.
Painting north of the Alps, primarily in Flanders and Germany from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, with special attention to the van Eycks, van der Weyden, Bosch, Durer, and Grunewald.
Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture
The development of period styles and an analysis of the role of function and tradition in European sculpture for ca. 1260-1700, with special attention to the work of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini.
Italian Baroque Art and Architecture
Baroque art and architecture in Italy, with special emphasis on Rome, and such important figures as the Carracci, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini.
Northern Baroque Art
French and Dutch art of the seventeenth century with emphasis on such key figures as Rubens, Velasquez, Rembrandt, and Poussin.
Art and Architecture of the City of Rome
The continuity of an artistic tradition in relation to the history of the seat of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church, and modern Italy. Attention is given to specific sites, artistic types, and public processions.
Romanticism and Neoclassicism
European art and architecture from ca. 1760 through 1865 including the sublime, the beautiful, the picturesque, historical revivalism, exoticism, rationalism, and eclecticism.
American Art from Colonial Settlement through the Civil War
The formation of a national identity and assimilation of European styles in painting, sculpture, and cultural artifacts such as photographs and popular illustrations. Artists include, Copley, Peale, Allston, Cole, Church, Quidor, Mount, Bingham, Heade, Bierstadt, and Homer.
American Art of the Fin de Sie`cle 1876–1913
The transition in American art from Victorianism to early Modernism in an age of science, progress and decay, tradition and ethnicity, motherhood and the "new woman." A key cultural referent will be the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.
American Modernism 1900-1946: Alfred Stieglitz's America
The creation of radical forms of artistic expression in relation to World War I, the modern city, and revolutions in space, time, and technology. Special emphasis will be placed on the diverse group of artists mentored by Alfred Stieglitz.
Rococo to Reform: European Art 1700–1760
Art in Europe between 1700-1760, with emphasis on the new Rococo style and later call for "reform," that reflected new aesthetic attitudes and political environment. Other topics covered are the Grand Tour, "re-discovery" of antiquity, emergence of art history and criticism, and rise of "lower" genres.
Realism and Impressionism
The rise and development of naturalism in mid-nineteenth-century art in Europe.
Modern Art in Europe from 1886 to 1918
Painting and sculpture from Post-Impressionism to the end of World War I, the Cubo-Futurist revolution and approaches to expressionism and abstraction.
Spirituality in Modern Art
Myth and spirituality in the abstract art of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as exemplified in Gauguin, Kandinsky, Klee, Brancusi, and Rothko, among others.
Forms, functions, and meanings of photographic production in Europe and America during the 1800s. Issues to be addressed are: the nature of the medium, its relationship to "reality," its various techniques and technology, its role in art and science, and its publics and patronage.
European Art Between the Great Wars
High modernism in the twentieth century. Topics include Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism, the Bauhaus, and other major trends between the two World Wars.
Art From 1940 to 1968
Major artists and movements from the onset of World War II to the late 1960's in Europe and America.
Modern Art in the Realm of Dance
From the historical avant-garde through the development of modernist abstraction, this places the plastic arts of painting and sculpture in dialogue with the movement arts of dance, music and film and introduces a range of philosophical and critical frameworks for interpreting the place of medium in art and its reception.
This intensive engagement with visual art and the written word asks students to understand, apply, evaluate, and critique ways in which language and art intersect.
Postmodern Visual Culture
This grapples with the vexed concept of postmodernism and its debatable relevance to visual art and culture between 1945 and the present. Special attention will be paid to questions of authorship, meaning, and identity as engaged by postwar artists and their theoretical counterparts.
Art After Postmodernism: Art and Visual Culture from 1985–Present
Developments within visual culture from 1985 to the present. Key artists, themes, and movements will be considered, and special attention will be paid to the pervasive concept of “afterness” as it informs the production, reception, and criticism of contemporary art.
Millennial Culture and the Inhuman: Art and Culture in the Year 2000
Treating the Millennium as a symbolic and literal event, this considers how the idea of the year 2000 shaped culture both before and after the millennium's ultimately uneventful passing. Special attention will be paid to the concept of the inhuman, as conjured in contemporary art, film, television, and advertising.
Senior Seminar: Methods of Art History
This topic-centered capstone course provides a foundation for understanding various methods of interpreting art ranging from connoisseurship to iconography, Marxism, and feminism. It addresses the theory, contributions, and oversights of particular art historical methods as well as how research is accomplished, what sources are used, and how they are interpreted and applied.
Gender Issues and Art History
The impact of feminist theory and gay and lesbian studies on recent art historical scholarship.
Special projects in fields in which the student has demonstrated the ability to conduct research and write a fully and correctly annotated paper.
Art History Field Study
An immersive, site-specific designed to provide first- hand exposure to art historical resources outside the state of Georgia. Special attention will be paid to works held in special collections, galleries, and museums on location, as well as to the complex histories of these collections.
Individual research in the major field or in a closely related field.
Art History Museum Internship
Students will work with the professional staff at the Georgia Museum of Art on exhibitions, cataloguing, researching, and other related projects associated with the ongoing activities at the museum. A schedule of the assignments and a written summary of their work will be required.
Consideration of two entwined histories: the history of the concept of art and the history of the discipline of art history.
Professional Portfolio and Practices
The capstone experience for Master of Arts students pursuing the non-thesis track in art history and will aid in the transition from an academic environment to the professional world. Students will be required to create, present, and revise a professional portfolio with this transition in mind.
Gothic Art and Architecture
Exploration of Gothic art and architecture from ca. A.D. 1100 to 1550. Focusing on buildings and objects in Europe, it will look at recent scholarly approaches towards this rich and diverse artistic style as well as analyze medieval sources relevant for our understanding of this art.
Topics in Byzantine Art and Architecture
The study of Byzantine art and architecture in a broad context, including issues of cultural history, literature, theology, and ritual. The seminar introduces various methodological approaches and readings of advanced scholarship, both purely empirical as well as interpretative and theoretical.
Seminar in Renaissance Art
Problems in European art during the Renaissance. May include topics oriented toward a single major figure, a genre, or a school. Problems concern a major branch of art history, e.g., connoisseurship or iconography.
Seminar in Italian Baroque Art
Focus on a single Italian Baroque artist, or on a regional school. Works of art and relevant literature provide materials for training in how to solve art historical problems using techniques developed in connisseurship, iconography, and source material interpretation.
Seminar in Seventeenth-or Eighteenth-Century European Art
This seminar will focus on a principal artist, style, theme, or aesthetic issue in European art of the seventeenth or eighteenth century.
Seminar in Greco-Roman Art
Focus on a single genre of Greco-Roman art (e.g., freestanding Greek sculpture from the sixth century B.C.), or on a single aspect (e.g., Roman historical reliefs).
Seminar in Asian Art
Research topics may include Hindu iconography, Chinese painting, pan-Asian Buddhist iconography, the Hindu temple, and others.
Seminar in Asian Art
Various topics related to the history of the Western encounter with South Asian art and religion from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries. Topics of interest include Orientalist representations of South Asia in the context of the European colonial enterprise, Victorian perceptions of South Asia, post- colonial criticism, and the institutional development of the colonial museum.
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century European Art History
Issues relating to the visual arts. Studies of major artists or movements, and thematically directed projects.
Seminar in Twentieth-Century Art History
Issues relating to the visual arts. Topical studies of major artists or movements, and thematically directed projects.
Seminar in Contemporary Art and Theory
Writing-intensive focusing on contemporary art and related theories drawn from film studies, semiotics, gender studies, cultural studies, and post-colonial studies.
Seminar in the American Art
Topical studies of major artists, exhibitions, movements, or cultural productions significant to the development of American art.