University Catalog 2005-2006

Art History (ARTH)

History and Art History

Students taking ARTH courses should expect to participate in field trips or assignments outside the classroom at area museums.

101 Introduction to the Visual Arts (3:3:0) Introduction to the content and principles of the visual arts. Approach varies with instructor.

102 Symbols and Stories in Art (3:3:0) Themes and imagery in art from early Greece to the modern era.

150 Freshman Seminar (3:3:0)Prerequisite: freshman standing. Focus on skills and methods of learning as well as subject matter as a way of introducing the discipline of art history. Topics vary.

200, 201 Survey of Western Art (3:3:0) Major periods, monuments, and themes of Western art and architecture. Provides an introduction to the Washington, D.C., museum collections and a historical framework for further study in art history. Designed as a two-course sequence, but each part may be taken independently without prerequisite. ARTH 200 covers prehistory, the ancient world, and the Middle Ages; ARTH 201 covers the art of the Renaissance, the baroque period, and modern Europe and the Americas.

203 Survey of Asian Art (3:3:0) For non-Western credit. Introduces arts of South, Southeast, and east Asia. Examines aspects of culture and history of Asia. Monuments and artifacts in a variety of media are discussed in relation to social and historical contexts.

204 Survey of Latin American Art (3:3:0) Introduces arts of Latin America from pre-Columbian to modern era. Important examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture discussed in relation to culture and history of region.

Each 300-level course is generally offered once every two years.

303 National Traditions (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Study of the traditions of art and architecture within a single selected country or historical region. Topic varies. May be repeated for credit with different course content.

311 Design of Cities (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Problems in urban design in a particular geographical region or historical period. Approach varies with instructor and may involve archaeological or theoretical approaches appropriate to the specific context. May be repeated when course content is different.

315 Modern Architecture (3:3:0)Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in modern architecture from the Beaux Arts movement to the present; an investigation of stylistic, structural, or theoretical innovations.

319 Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. Aspects of the art, archaeology, and culture of ancient Near East and Bronze Age Mediterranean. Approach varies; emphasis may be on Mesopotamia, Iran, Egypt, Anatolia, the Levant, or the Aegean, depending on instructor.

320 Art of the Islamic World (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. Introduction to Islamic art, from the time of Muhammad to present. Cultural and regional approach, utilizing local museum collections.

321 Greek Art and Archaeology (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. History of ancient Greek architecture, sculpture, and painting.

322 Roman Art and Archaeology (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. History of Roman architecture, sculpture, and painting.

324 From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Arts of Hellenistic age within the context of history and culture of the period. Many aspects of the Hellenistic world are explored: the powerful dynasties ruling wealthy empires; achievements in learning and literature housed in the Great Library at Alexandria; baroque sculpture adorning the Altar of Zeus at Pergamon; and Roman collectors of Greek art and antiques.

333 Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Aspects of medieval art and culture in eastern Mediterranean world. Topics may include late antiquity, early Christianity, and the Byzantine empire and its neighbors. Designed to take advantage of unique local museum resources. Specific focus varies with instructor.

334 Western Medieval Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Aspects of art and architecture in medieval Europe, from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Gothic period. Specific focus may vary with instructor. May be repeated when course content is different.

340 Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300–1500 (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Giotto, Ghiberti, Masaccio, and Botticelli.

341 Northern Renaissance Art (3:3:0)Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in the art of France, Germany, and the Netherlands in the age of Van Eyck and Dürer.

342 High Renaissance Art in Italy, 1480–1570 (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

344 Baroque Art in Italy, France, and Spain, 1600–1750 (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, and Poussin.

345 Northern Baroque Art, 1600–1750 (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.

350 History of Photography (3:3:0)Prerequisite: 24 credits. Development of photography from origins in France in the 19th century to the present.

360 Nineteenth-Century European Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Movements from neoclassicism to symbolism discussed in relation to social, cultural, political, and technological changes in Europe.

362 Twentieth-Century European Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Study of major movements (fauvism, cubism, futurism, constructivism, surrealism, and expressionism) and important artists in 20th century painting and sculpture. Focus may vary.

371 American Architecture and Material Culture (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Studies in the history of American architecture or decorative arts in cultural context. Topics range from the 17th century through the 20th century, depending on instructor.

372 Studies in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art of the United States (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Developments in visual culture and the changing status of art practitioners throughout these periods. Focus is either chronological (Colonial Period, Gilded Age) or thematic (19th-century genre scenes, the American landscape and national identity). May be repeated once for credit with different topic. Lecture, discussion.

373 Studies in Twentieth-Century Art of the United States (3:3:0)Prerequisite: 24 credits. Developments in 20th century American visual culture across all media. Focus may vary (postwar American Òrealisms,Ó women artists and feminist art). May be repeated once for credit with different topic. Lecture, discussion.

374 Art Now (3:3:0)Prerequisite: any course in art history or art studio, or permission of instructor. Explores visual art production since 1980, drawing on regional resources. Examines social, institutional, and political issues in recent art and its markets. Requires students to work collaboratively and make several field trips, including one Saturday bus trip to New York. Specific topics and assignments vary with the changing art season and instructor. Lecture, discussion.

376 Twentieth Century Latin American Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. Study of major movements and important artists in 20th century Latin American art discussed in relation to social, cultural, and political conditions in the region.

380 African Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. Art of sub-Saharan Africa in terms of styles and aesthetics, materials and techniques, and contexts (geographical, social, cultural, and religious). Specific focus may vary with instructor.

382 Arts of India (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. History, culture, and arts of south Asia from the earliest civilizations along the Indus River to the onset of Western colonialism. Emphasis on the role that material evidence has provided in the creation of the South Asian history and the ways political, social, and religious developments affected the arts. Monuments and artifacts in a variety of media are discussed in relation to their historical contexts.

383 Arts of Southeast Asia (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. Examines various cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia, from the earliest archaeological evidence to onset of colonialism. Lectures and discussions focus on material culture of the great civilizations that arose within borders of modern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia.

384 Arts of China (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. Explores the complex and dynamic history of China by examining ways in which social, religious, and political shifts have given rise to new and variant forms of material culture.

385 Arts of Japan (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 24 credits. For non-Western credit. Art and architecture of Japan, with particular attention to the ways in which political changes, religious movements, and social developments influenced and shaped those creations. Monuments and artifacts in a variety of media are discussed in relation to social and historical contexts.

393 Art History Internships (3-6:0:0)Prerequisite: art history major or minor, and permission of instructor. Internship with a professional arts institution, organization, or individual in the Washington, D.C., area. Project to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty instructor and field supervisor. Strongly recommended for advanced art history students seeking exposure to professional work in visual arts. May be taken for 3 to 6 credits, or repeated for up to 6 credits.

394 The Museum (3:3:0)Prerequisites: 6 credits in art history at the 300-level, and completion or concurrent enrollment in all other required general education courses. Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasis on issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations; focus varies with instructor.

399 Special Topics in the History of Art (3:3:0) Topics vary.

At least one 400- or 500-level course is offered each semester; each topic area is generally offered every two years.

400 Historiography and Methods of Research in Art History (3:3:0) Prerequisites: ENGL 302, and 6 credits in art history at the 300 level; or permission of instructor. Historical investigation of theories, methods, and critiques involved in the discipline of art history. Approach or focus may vary with instructor. May be repeated for credit.

420 Advanced Studies in Ancient Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 and 300-level course in ancient art, or permission of instructor. Study in a particular area of ancient art of the Mediterranean, Near East, or Middle East. Topics may be art form or medium, geographical area, theme, function, or context. May be repeated for credit.

430 Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 and a 300-level course in medieval or Islamic art, or permission of instructor. Study of a single topic in medieval or Islamic art. May focus on a particular period, region, or medium, or may explore cultural interconnections within medieval Eurasian world. May be repeated for credit.

440 Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 and 300-level course in Renaissance or baroque art, or permission of instructor. Study in a particular aspect of Renaissance or baroque art. Topics may be monographic, thematic, or concentrated on the art of a smaller time period or a particular area. May be repeated for credit.

460 Advanced Studies in Twentieth-Century Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 and 300 -level course in the art of 19th or 20th century Europe or the Americas, or permission of instructor. Study of a particular topic in 20th century art. Course may focus on a specific period, region, movement, medium, or theoretical issue, or explore cultural connections and transfer between regions.

471 Advanced Studies in Art of the United States (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 and 300-level course in American art. Study in a particular area of American art, focusing on a form (landscape or genre painting), theme (nationalism, regionalism, iconography of the family), or movement (American modernism) May be repeated for credit.

482 Advanced Studies in Asian Art (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 and 300-level course in any area of Asian art, or permission of instructor. For non-Western credit. Seminar-style discussions on a specific topic in Asian art. May focus on the art of a particular period, movement, reign, or region, as well as theoretical issues or works in a particular medium. Content varies; course may be repeated for credit.

490, 491 Independent Study in Art History (3:0:0), (3:0:0) Prerequisites: 60 credits, ENGL 302, permission of instructor and chair, plus 9 credits in art history beyond ARTH 200, 201. Intensive study of a particular artist, period, or theoretical problem to be conducted by an individual student in consultation with instructor. Study proposal submitted before registration.

492, 493 Honors Directed Readings, Honors Directed Research (3:3:0), (3:3:0)Prerequisites: admission to art history honors program, ENGL 302, and permission of instructor. Linked individualized courses, usually given by same instructor. ARTH 492 involves directed readings, and ARTH 493 culminates in research paper related to subject of readings. Students must have completed at least one course in the field (or with the professor) chosen for these honors courses. The 3 credits of readings should be taken before the 3 credits of research; however, they may be taken concurrently.

593 Art History Internships (3-6:0:0) Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Internship with a professional arts institution, organization, or individual in the Washington, D.C., area. Project to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty instructor and field supervisor. Recommended for advanced art history students seeking exposure to professional work in visual arts. May be taken for 3 to 6 credits, or repeated for up to 6 credits.

594 The Museum (3:3:0)Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasis on issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations. Specific focus may vary with instructor.

596 Independent Study (1-3:0:0)Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Independent reading and research on specific project under direction of department member. Written report is required. May be repeated for credit.

599 Special Topics in the History of Art (3:3:0)Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Topics vary.

699 Topics in Art History (3:3:0) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers.