Overview of Art History Course Offerings

See ARHI course offerings for the current term here.

2000-level Courses & Surveys

Upper Division Courses

Graduate Seminars


Note that not all of these coures are offered on a regular basis

2000-level Courses

ARHI 2300.
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.

ARHI 2400. 
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.       

ARHI 2311H.
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.

ARHI 2411H.
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.     

ARHI 3000.
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.

ARHI 3002.
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.

ARHI 3004.
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.

ARHI 3010.
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.

ARHI 3012.
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.

ARHI 3015.
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.

ARHI 3020.
Renaissance Art

Major monuments, artists, and subjects of art from the late fourteenth through the sixteenth century in Europe.

ARHI 3022.
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.

ARHI 3030.
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.

ARHI 3032.
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.

ARHI 3035.
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.

ARHI 3041.
Introduction to African American Art

An introduction to the history of African-American art and visual culture from the colonial era to the present.

ARHI 3050.
American Art

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.

ARHI 3054.
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.

ARHI 3056.
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.

ARHI 3065.
Modern Art

Survey of major artists and movements in Europe from the late nineteenth century to World War II, and subsequent developments in American Art.

ARHI 3070.
American Architecture

American buildings, their architects, and architectural theory in the continental United States from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

ARHI 3080.
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.

ARHI 3100.
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.

 ARHI 3530.
Modernist Photography

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.


ARHI 3940.
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.

Upper Division Courses

ARHI 4000/6000
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.

ARHI(CLAS) 4002/6002
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.

ARHI(CLAS) 4004/6004
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.

ARHI(CLAS) 4006/6006
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.

ARHI(CLAS) 4008/6008.
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.

ARHI 4030/6030.
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.

ARHI 4050/6050.
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.

ARHI 4060/6060.
Image in Space: Mural Painting and Architecture in Byzantium

The issue of the interdependence of mural painting and architectural space in Byzantine Art.

ARHI 4100/6100.
Early Medieval Art

Architecture, sculpture, and painting in Western Europe from the seventh through the eleventh centuries.

ARHI 4110/6110.
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.

ARHI 4120/6120.
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.

ARHI 4125/6125.
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.      

ARHI 4130/6130.
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.      

ARHI 4150/6150.
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.

ARHI 4160/6160.
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

ARHI 4170/6170.
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.

ARHI 4200/6200.
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.

ARHI 4210/6210.
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.

ARHI 4220/6220.

Northern Renaissance

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.

ARHI 4290/6290.
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.

ARHI 4300/6300.
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.

ARHI 4310/6310.
Northern Baroque Art

French and Dutch art of the seventeenth century with emphasis on such key figures as Rubens, Velasquez, Rembrandt, and Poussin.

ARHI 4350/6350.
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.

ARHI 4400/6400.
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.

ARHI 4410/6410.
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.

ARHI 4420/6420.
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.

ARHI 4440/6440.
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.

ARHI 4490/6490.
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.

ARHI 4500/6500.
Realism and Impressionism

The rise and development of naturalism in mid-nineteenth-century art in Europe.

ARHI 4510/6510.
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.

ARHI 4520/6520.
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.  

ARHI 4530/6530.
Nineteenth-Century Photography

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.

ARHI 4540/6540.
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.

ARHI 4550/6550.
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.

ARHI 4570/6570.
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.

ARHI 4575/6575.
Artists' Writing

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.

ARHI 4580/6580.
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.

ARHI 4585/6585.
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.

ARHI 4590/6590.
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.

ARHI 4800.
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.

ARHI 4940/6940.
Gender Issues and Art History

The impact of feminist theory and gay and lesbian studies on recent art historical scholarship.

ARHI 4950/6950. 
Independent Study

Special projects in fields in which the student has demonstrated the ability to conduct research and write a fully and correctly annotated paper.

ARHI 4970/6970.
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.

ARHI 4990H.
Honors Thesis

Individual research in the major field or in a closely related field.

ARHI 4995. 
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.

Graduate Seminars

ARHI 8040.

Consideration of two entwined histories: the history of the concept of art and the history of the discipline of art history.

ARHI 8050.
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.

ARHI 8300. 
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.

ARHI 8400. 
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.

ARHI 8580. 
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.

ARHI 8600. 
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.

ARHI 8650. 
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.

ARHI 8700. 
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).

ARHI 8870. 
Seminar in Asian Art

Research topics may include Hindu iconography, Chinese painting, pan-Asian Buddhist iconography, the Hindu temple, and others.

ARHI 8872. 
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.

ARHI 8910. 
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century European Art History

Issues relating to the visual arts. Studies of major artists or movements, and thematically directed projects.

ARHI 8920. 
Seminar in Twentieth-Century Art History

Issues relating to the visual arts. Topical studies of major artists or movements, and thematically directed projects.

ARHI 8950. 
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.

ARHI 8990. 
Seminar in the American Art

Topical studies of major artists, exhibitions, movements, or cultural productions significant to the development of American art.