A major in Art History requires the completion of ARTH 201-202 (History of Art I
and I) and six art history courses one of which must be in non-western art. In addition,
the major will include an elective from music, drama, or dance; ARTH 422, the capstone
seminar, FINA 481 and a senior thesis.
201 - The History of Art I: A brief survey of painting, sculpture,
and architecture from ancient through medieval times in both the Eastern and Western
hemispheres. Illustrated lectures and museums visits. Three hours. Terrono
202 - The History of Art II: A continuation of Art History 201.
A Study of Renaissance, Baroque, and modern painting, sculpture, and architecture.
Illustrated lectures and trips to museums. Three hours. Terrono
210 - Origins of Civilization: This course will examine the origins
and development of the earliest civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley,
the Aegean and Meso-America. The Approach will be interdisciplinary, combining archaeological,
historical, art historical and literary sources, We will trace the origins of such
commonplace things as our calendar, weights and measures, orthogonal city plans,
written laws, images and symbols in art, coinage, writing, and technology. We will
also look at the governments, religions and social structures of these early people
as reflected in their arts, monuments and literature. Same as CLAS 210. Three hours.
Offered every two to three years. Fisher.
211- Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Ancient Near East: A
survey of the sites and artifacts of the cultures of Egypt and the near East from
the Neolothic "revolution" until the time of Alexander the Great, including (but
not limited to) Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indus, Hebrew, Hittite, Pheonician, and
Persian. Illustrated lectures. Same as CLAS 211. Offered alternate years. Three
212 - Prehistoric Aegean Cultures: The Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenean
Cultures of the Bronze Age Aegean are considered the earliest highly developed civilizations
of Europe. This course will cover the art, monuments, and social structures of these
cultures, and theories about the rise and development of civilizations. Illustrated
lectures. Same as CLAS 212. Three hours. Fisher.
213 - Greek Art and Archaeology: This course will cover the art
and archaeology of Greece from the Geometric period, c. 1000 B.C. through the Archaic,
Classical, and early Hellenistic period to 146 B.C. The emphasis will be on the
legacy of the Greek civilization to western art, city planning, and thought. Illustrated
lectures. Same as CLAS 213. Three hours. Fisher.
214 - Italy Before the Romans: This course will cover the art and
archaeology of the Neolithic through the Iron Age cultures in Italy, with special
emphasis on the Villanovans and Etruscans. Also included is a survey of European
and Asian cultures which were in contact with the people of Italy such as Halstatt
and La Tene cultures in central Europe; Phoenicians in Sardinia, Sicily and North
Africa; Greeks in southern Italy. Illustrated lectures. Same as CLAS 214. Three
215 - Roman Art: The Roman genius for art, as for most aspects
of their civilization, was in the adaptation and originality with which they transformed
borrowed ideas. This course begins with the Hellenistic Greek, Etruscan, Latin,
and Celtic origins of Roman Art, then pursues the changes and innovations in Roman
Art through the early Empire period. Archaeological discoveries of the first settlement
at Rome and the famous Vesuvian towns (Pompeii and Herculaneum) will be highlighted.
Illustrated lectures, Same as CLAS 215. Three hours. Fisher
216 -Art of the Great Empires of Rome and Byzantium: Roman art
from the time of the Flavian emperors through early medieval art, and early Christian
and Byzantine art through the fall of Constantinople in A. D. 1453, including the
use of art within the political, social and religious contests of the empires; iconography,
style and technique. Special emphasis is givent o the interaction between the East
and the West as revealed in the recently excavated Frankish churches in southern
Greece and in cross-borrowings between the Roman and Byzantine schools. Illustrated
lectures. Same as CLAS 216. Offered alternate years. Three hours. Fisher.
217 - The Art and Architecture of Ancient Athletic Games: The origins
of organized athletics and many of the events still practiced today cal be traced
back to classical Greece and Rome. This course will primarily be a survey of the
artistic representations, the architectural context, and the archaeological evidence
for these games. It will also be a historical survey of Greek and Roman athletics,
including such topics as their role in ancient military and religious life, sites
and facilities, events, training and professionalism, and statues, rewards and prizes.
Vase paintings, sculptures, and written texts will be examined for the light they
shed on ancient athletes and the original Olympic Games. No prerequisites. Same
as CLAS 217. Offered alternate years. Three hours. Camp.
220 - Medieval Art: A study of the rise of Christian Art and the
Art of the Byzantine Empire as it prepared the ground for the expressions of faith
found in the art and architecture of the Carolinian, Romanesque, and Gothic eras.
Three hours. Staff.
221 - Italian Art 1260-1500: The changes in Italian art and architecture
which determined the development of European art for the next 400 years. Artists
such as Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Leonardo, and Boticelli are studied. Museum
visit. Three hours. Terrono.
222 - Baroque Art: A Study of the character and form that defined
the Baroque period in both the North and the South of Europe. The art of Rembrandt,
Velazquez, Bernini and Rubens are discussed. Three hours. Terrono.
223 - Nineteenth Century European Art: A survey of the primary
movements and major artistic trends and developments in European art and architecture
in the 19th century. Visits to local and national museums. Three hours. Terrono.
225 - History of American Art: A survey of the development of the
major artistic movements in American art from the 18th century through the present.
Illustrated lectures and trips to local and national museums. Three hours. Terrono.
227 - African and Oceanic Art: A survey of the traditional arts
of Black Africa, various Pacific island cultures, and the Indians of north, Central,
and South American. Lectures with slides, video tapes, and visits to museums and
private collections. Three hours. Fisher.
228 - Oriental Art: A Study of the art and architecture of China
and Japan. Lectures and research will focus on calligraphy, painting and the special
relationship of philosophy to the cultural arts. Three hours. Terrono.
229 - The Guilded Age: Amidst the impressive socio-economic changes that took place at the turn f the century, architects, painters, sculptors and decorators of the American Renaissance created some of the most outstanding and most sophisticated examples of American art. The artistic production of the period is indicative of the artists' extensive training and their desire to embellish their country with the very best money could buy. This course will discuss the unparalleled artistic production of the time in all its manifestations, with particular attention to the cultural factors that determined the life of the "Guilded Age".
235 - The Arts and Crafts of Islam: A course which acquaints students
with the architecture of mosques, palaces, and tombs in such Islamic lands as Egypt,
Turkey, Iran, and southern Spain; the manuscript painting and calligraphy of Iran
and Mughal India; and such crafts as ceramics, metal-work, and rug-weaving. Illustrated
lectures and visits to the Virginia Museum and the Freer Gallery in Washington,
D.C. Offered alternate years. Three Hours. Fisher.
240 - Women in the Arts: This course examines the role of women
in Western art in regard to the production, patronage and consumption of art from
the Renaissance to the Modern era. Topics to be discussed will include the constraints
often placed upon women as active participants in the public sphere, the education
of women artists and their professionalization, the critical reaction to their work,
artistic couples, and the role played by women as patrons of the arts. Three hours.
381 - 382- Special Topics in Art History: Advanced study of both
traditional and contemporary topics in Art History. Prerequisite: ARTH 201-202 and
permission of the instructor. Three hours. Staff.
422 - Advanced Topics in Art History: Students majoring in art
history will write a major paper on a valid aspect of the history of art. Three