ART HISTORY PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Also see Museum Studies 698

50:082:101,102 Introduction to Art History I, II (R) (3,3)
A chronological survey of the visual arts as an expression of the mind and culture of Western civilization. First term: prehistoric, Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Medieval art and architecture. Second term: Early Renaissance through the 20th century.

50:082:103 Art Appreciation (R) (3)
Introduces the principles, techniques, and approaches to the creation and analysis of works of art and presents an overview of the great landmarks of art from classical Greece through the twentieth century.

50:082:104 Introduction to the Arts of Asia (GCM)
A survey of the arts of South, Southeast, and East Asia from prehistory to present. Introduces works in a variety of media, including ceramics, metalwork, monuments, architecture, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, gardens, printmaking, textiles, comics, and film.

 

50:082:105 Cross-Cultural Art History
A multicultural course that examines the art and architecture of cultures throughout the world in social, historic, and perceptual contexts. Topics vary.

50:082:200 Gender and the Arts (AAI, DIV) (3)
This course serves as an introduction to the way our views of the arts are shaped by issues of gender, and how the arts and visual culture shape our views of gender. It is intended to introduce this important area of study to both majors, and nonmajors, counts toward the women’s and gender studies minor, as well as for general education.

 

50:082:201 LGTBQ/Race and Popular Culture
Cross-listed with 56:606:662:01

This course examines the intersection of lgbtq communities, race and popular culture in recent decades, focusing on the mainstreaming of lgbtq identities produced for television, film, photography, music and art. 

50:082:202 History of Design (GCM) (3)
Develops an appreciation of the artistry manifested in material culture across the globe, exploring the forces that have shaped function, design, and production. Designed objects including the decorative arts, fashion, crafts, interiors, textiles, landscapes, industrial design and product design will be examined in the context of their relationship to design theory, fine art and popular culture.

50:082:203 Medieval Art & Culture (HAC) (3)
Examines visual culture from the 4th to the 14th centuries employing a global view that overturns the standard notions of the “Dark Ages” as an era of decline and Eurocentrism. Topics include Early Christian from Rome to Ethiopia, Ireland, and Germany; the visual cultures of Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture. The exchange and adaptation of ideas, materials, motifs, and objects across the medieval world will be traced.

50:082:204 Renaissance Art (HAC) (3)
Introduces the art of the Early Modern Period (ca. 1300-1600) throughout Europe, including the Italian Renaissance as well as important artistic developments in Northern Europe, France and England. Examines the impact of the changing status of artists, artistic theory, patrons, world exploration, trade and religious upheaval. Artists include Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian, Holbein, Dürer, Bruegel.

50:082:206 Art of the Ancient Near East (HAC) (3)
Surveys the art, architecture and archaeology of the ancient world from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea to present-day Afghanistan, including Anatolia (modern Turkey), Mesopotamia (Iraq), and Persia (Iran). The world’s oldest civilizations, the ancient Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians, are studied for their ground-breaking contributions to urban development, art, religion and writing.

50:082:207 Art of Egypt (HAC) (3)
A chronological exploration of the art of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic through the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms into the Ptolemaic age of Cleopatra. Highlights the impact of recent archaeological discoveries on the interpretation of ancient Egypt and our understanding of figures such as Ramses the Great, the woman pharaoh Hatshepsut, the monotheist “heretic” pharaoh Akhenaten, and the “boy king” Tutankhamen.

50:082:209 Art of Ancient Rome (HAC) (3)
Examines the art of the Roman Republic and Empire from the Etruscan background through the reign of Constantine. Topics will include urban planning, architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic and numismatics (coins). The global dimension of empire, assimilation and cultural exchange throughout the Roman world is emphasized.

50:082:210 Arts of Power: 17th- and 18th-Century Europe (HAC) (3)
Surveys the art of the Baroque, Rococo, and Enlightenment periods throughout Europe. Explores the form, content, and cultural context of the works of the principal artists and schools. Artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Velásquez, Watteau, Fragonard, and Hogarth will be emphasized, as well as the patronage of royal and papal courts, the rise of academies, and the changing status of the artist.

 

50:082:212 Japanese Art (GCM) (3)
A survey of Japanese art from prehistory to present. Topics include ceramics, architecture, sculpture, painting, gardens, printmaking, textiles, manga, and anime within their artistic, historical, religious, social, and intercultural contexts.

 

50:082:213 Chinese Art (GCM) (3)
A survey of Chinese art from prehistory to present. Topics include ceramics, metalwork, monuments, architecture, sculpture, paintings, calligraphy, and gardens, within their artistic, historical, religious, social, and intercultural contexts.

 

50:082:214 Global Modern Art (3)
This course considers art of the modern and contemporary era in global context. It investigates arts beyond Europe and America, including Asia and other cultural centers around the world. Topics include paintings, applied arts, photography, ceramics, pop art, multimedia art, video art, action art, installations, manga and comics, animation, and films. It will investigate the impact of westernization and globalization on the arts, regional innovation of traditional arts, and related curatorial, economic, and gender issues.

 

50:082:216 Art of Film (AAI) (3)
Historical aspects of filmmaking that pertain to fine art and production art techniques. Topics include cinematography, set design, editing, and art production. Considers relationship of art production to overall cinematic results.

 

50:082:226 African-American Art (3)
This course explores past and present African-American Art. While closely examining individual artists and movements, this course also locates them within their respective contexts.

 

50:082:229 Art of the Americas (HAC) (3)

A transcultural survey of the art and architecture of the ancient Americas. This course explores civilizations like the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca, as well as other pre–Columbian cultures like the Mound Builders in North America, and the Taíno in Florida and the Caribbean. Special attention will be given to the cultural legacy of these cultures, including the living traditions practiced by millions of their descendants today.

 

50:082:237 19th Century Art (AAI) (3)
The course serves as an introduction to the arts of the nineteenth century, focusing on major artists and movements, in the historical, cultural, political, and other key contexts of which they art a part.

50:082:238 Twentieth-Century Art (AAI) (3)
This course explores key artistic developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in the 20th century, in the contexts of the rapid political, social, and cultural changes during this time.

 

50:082:251 Modern Architecture (AAI) (3)
Develops the history of international modern architecture from the late 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on American and European architecture and planning, and on major architects; technological advances; and philosophical, sociological, political, and cultural causes in the changes of style and form of modern buildings. The course also includes an exploration of architecture in the Philadelphia region.

50:082:267 American Art (3)
American painting, sculpture, and architecture from colonial times to 1900, in the context of the importation of European styles and the development of an American art.

50:082:268 20th Century American Art (USW/DIV) (W) (3)
Provides a study of major art movements in the United States, from academic classicism to contemporary styles and theories. Topics may vary.

50:082:280 Art in an Age of Mechanized and Electronic Media (AAI) (3)
The history of 20th-century art dependent on mechanical or electronic technology including kinetic, digital, video, animated, and interactive works of art.

 

50:082:285 Art of Africa (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Explores sculpture, Architecture, pictorial arts, and material culture of the ancient and modern peoples of sub-Saharan Africa. Analyzes and interprets art and craft in relation to its ceremonial and cultural significance and the impact of African forms on Western art.

50:082:286 Latin American Art and Culture (3)
Native-America, colonial, and modern art and architecture of Latin America in their cultural context. Material culture traced either thematically or chronologically. Topics change from year to year.

 

50:082:303 Art of the Ancient Near East (3)
This course considers visual and cultural exchange along the Silk Road from ancient to medieval times, including the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central Asia, the Himalayas, South and Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Topics include religious icons and motifs, the spread of decorative and practical arts, and concepts and philosophies behind art in transnational context, including Buddhist Art, Islamic Art, metalwork, textiles, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and architecture.

 

50:082:305 Women and Art (3) (May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
A thematic and chronological survey of women as artists, as images in works of art, and an examination of gender issues in art. Historical periods vary each term.

50:082:329 Pre-Columbian and Meso-American Art (3)
A comparative survey of the art and archaeology of various pre-Columbian cultures throughout the American continent. Special consideration is given to the major artistic contributions of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures of Meso-America, together with the achievements of Andean cultures like the great Inca civilization, as well as other indigenous groups throughout South America, the Caribbean Basin, and North America.

 

50:082:333 Italian Renaissance Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Traces the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance from the late 1200s to about 1600, with emphasis on the major centers such as Florence, Venice, and Rome. Considers art-historical writing of the period, its ideas and philosophy, as well as the new relationships between artists and patrons and the specific techniques, materials, and meanings of art. Special topics may be emphasized.

 

50:082:349 Golden Age of Dutch Art (3)
Takes an in-depth look at 17th-century Dutch art and architecture, examining the visual culture of the Netherlands during the 17th century as its trade made it one of the major powers of the world. Urban centers and artists such as Hals, Vermeer, van Ruisdael, and Rembrandt will be studied.

50:082:351 European Art: 1780 to 1880 (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
Considers the development of European art from neoclassicism through Post-impressionism in France, England, Germany, and other countries.

50:082:352 European Modern Art: 1880 to 1940 (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
An analysis of a wide range of avant-garde movements from Post-impressionism to surrealism. Treats significant trends in art in France, Italy, Holland, and Russia.

50:082:353 Modern Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art in America and Europe 1940 to 1980 Includes discussion of Surrealist, Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist, Pop, Op, and Conceptual Art, Happenings, and site-specific and direct metal sculpture.

50:082:354 Contemporary Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art in a global and transnational context from 1980 to the present. 

 

50:082:380 History of Animation (3)
This course traces the history of animation around the world from premodern to contemporary times. It discusses the techniques, styles, and social and historical background of animation production, covering early cinema, the animation industry, animation studios, stop-motion, television, advertising, video games, international animation, digital films, the web, and animation in contemporary art.

50:082:382 History of Design (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
History of European and American design of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, and International styles. Reviews the history of graphic design, typography, and functional objects, and explores influences of previous movements on contemporary design.

50:082:383 History of Photography (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Surveys the history of European and American photography (techniques, styles, and content) from inception through the twentieth century.

50:082:395 Sculpture of the Twentieth Century (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Significant developments in twentieth-century sculpture, including primitivism, cubism, constructivism, kinetic sculpture, primary structures, performance, and environmental works.

50:082: 401, 408, and 409 are now Museum Studies 50:698:401, 408, 409

 

50:082:485 Latin American Art and Culture (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor. Multicultural course. Credit not given for this course and 50:070:485 or 486 Native-American, colonial, and modern art and Architecture of Latin America in their cultural context. Material culture traced either thematically or chronologically. Topics change from year to year.


50:082:487- 488 Special Topics in Art History (3)
Intensive investigations of specific movements, styles, or major artists. Topic changes each time the course is offered. Check the Schedule of Classes to determine area of study.
Prerequisites: 50:082:101, 50:082:102, 50:082:104, or 50:082:105; or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

 

50:082:490 Art History Methodology (3)
Permission of instructor. Intended primarily for Art History majors.
Explores diverse methodologies that have been important to the History of Art from its foundations to the present. Examines historiography, formalism, iconography, connoisseurship, Marxism, Semiotics, revisionism, post-modernism, and contemporary art criticism and theory. Prepares art history majors for successful graduate study.

50:082:491 Individual Study in Art History (BA)
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, written permission of instructor and student’s adviser. At least 3 credits of work in individual study are required of
art history majors. May be repeated for credit.
A course for advanced students in which a program of research is conducted by the student under the direction of the instructor. A significant list of readings in art history methods and a substantial paper required.

50:082:497, 498 Honors in Art History I, II (3,3)
This is a two-semester independent research project on a specific topic, leading to an honors thesis written under the supervision of a member of the art history faculty.
Prerequisites: Candidates for honors in art history must, at the end of their junior year, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better, and an average of 3.5 or better in the major. Both semesters’ courses must be completed to receive credit in honors.

Museum Studies 698

Formerly listed as courses in Art History 50:082:205, 401, 408 and 409

50:698:205 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of the instructor. This course can be taken as a general art elective.
Introduces Museum operations, and curatorial and education programs. Comparative analysis of regional Museums. Topics include Museum mission statements, organization and administration; collection theory and ethics; registration, research, preservation, conservation, and storage of collections; exhibition development, design and installation. Topics may change from year to year.

50:698:401 Museum Studies II (3)
Curatorial practices. Students are introduced to the steps in conceiving, planning, publicizing and mounting an exhibition.

50:698:408 Individual Study in Museology (3)
Prerequisites: 50:690:401, junior or senior standing, and permission of Museum studies director and art history professor.
Advanced students conduct a program of research under the direction of the instructor. A substantial paper demonstrating an understanding of museology, the creation of a Museum education program, or the preparation of an exhibition catalog is required.

50:698:409 Museum Internship (BA)
Requires forty hours per credit and is monitored by Museum studies instructor and art history professor.
An internship at a local Museum in area of student’s major.

50:698:487 Special Topics in Museum Studies (BA)
Prerequisite: 50:690:205 or permission of instructor.
Investigates a specific topic in Museum Studies which changes each time the course is offered.