ART HISTORY

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The art history program offers courses illustrating the development of global art from pre-historic cultures to that of the present. Students explore the purposes and functions of art as historically demonstrated by its successive development.

 

Art History Courses

 

ART 3413: History of World Art Survey I

An introduction to art and architecture as social products of a global human history. Both the comparability and diversity of human social organizations and the role of visual culture in them will be discussed. From the Prehistoric through the Gothic era in Europe.

 

ART 3423: History of World Art: Survey II

An introduction to art and architecture as social products of global human history. Both the comparability and diversity of human social organizations and the role of visual culture in them will be discussed. From the fifteenth century to the present.

 

ART 4413: Art of the European Renaissance 1300-1600

Art and architecture examined in terms of style, cultural meaning, context, and ideology. Investigation of conditions of art production, change in role of artist, relationship between theory and practice, and the question or concept of Renaissance. Italy, France, Germany, and southern and northern Netherlands.

 

ART 4423: Art in Early Modern Europe I: Art from 1600-1750

Exploration of art and architecture of Europe from the Counter-Reformation shrine of St. Peter to Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles; from the Jesuit altarpieces in Antwerp to the Dutch Republic of Vermeer and Rembrandt and more. Italy, Spain, France, Germany, England, Flanders, Netherlands

 

ART 4443: Modern and Contemporary Art

Investigation of the visual arts and architecture from Post-impressionism to the present. Special emphasis on cultural definitions of modernity and modernism, the ideologies of the avant-garde, and the ideas and issues surrounding the production, reception, marketing, interpretation, and criticism of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installations, performance, video, and other mixed media modes of presentation. International in scope

 

ART 4453: Art in the United States

Investigation of the role visual culture has played in the United States as Americans attempted to situate themselves geographically, culturally, economically, and politically within their own society and within the world at large. Traces change within the visual arts within the context of important social, political, and intellectual events from ca. 1600 to 1945.

 

ART 4463: African Art

Examination of the rich heritage of visual and performing arts across Africa as they shape and have been shaped by the histories and cultural values (social, political, religious, philosophical, aesthetic) of diverse African peoples. Traces histories of change resulting from the impact of outside/Western contact including colonization, religious conversion, and the availability of new materials and processes.

              

 

Faculty

Dr. Ann Marie Leimer: ann.leimer@mwsu.edu