Sep 16, 2021  
2021-2022 University Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 University Bulletin
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ARTH 190 - Global Art History I: Prehistory to Medieval

3 Credit Hours
This course presents world art and architecture made from the beginning of recorded images until the middle of the second millennium. Students become familiar with the cultures of this era, adept at identifying and comparing the characteristics of their art, and understand how art production is linked to social, political, economic, religious, and historical conditions. Beginning with prehistoric art by identifying basic forms and methods of creating before it was defined as art, students learn about early civilizations in the Near East, Egypt, and the Aegean in which art began in service to rulers and to demarcate cities. The course examines the art of Greece and Rome as the foundation for the formation of Western civilization. Definitions of art and culture include that made concurrently in Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, the Americas, and Africa and facilitate an understanding of diverse belief systems and organizational structures. Examinations of Islamic, Byzantine, Jewish, and early Christian art facilitate a comparative analysis of devotional art. The art and architecture of the early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic periods help illustrate the Medieval Era and the formation of secular and religious socio-political and economic systems who have common or conflicting agendas. Upon completion of this course, students should have a broad knowledge of global art and its diverse forms and purposes prior to the 14th century.

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in fine arts.

This course will satisfy the core requirement in multicultural studies.



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