May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 University Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 University Bulletin
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ARTH 191 - Global Art History II: Renaissance to the Present

3 Credit Hours
This course presents a history of art since the fourteenth century. Students become familiar with different art styles and develop the ability to identify recurring themes, forms, and agendas in art as it progresses through time periods, regions, countries, and continents. Ultimately, the course illustrates how art is linked to social, political, economic, religious, and historic conditions, as well as other arts such as drama, music, and literature. The examination is a global one, and includes European and American art; indigenous art of the Americas; Southeast Asian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and African art; and the art of Pacific cultures. An important part of the class discussion addresses the cultural appropriations, aggressions, and obliterations that are part of the exchanges initiated by European exploration and colonization. Another element of the class explores the role of art in the development and transmutations of religions, such as reformations of the powerful Catholic church, culture-specific adaptations of Buddhist imagery, and what liturgical art was incorporated into the development of Protestantism. The course also highlights the increasing social status of artists, who were largely unknown in the previous era, but, by the time of the Renaissance, had attained celebrity status. Of particular note to this era as well is the way art was used in nation-building-from its contributions to revolutions, to documenting historic moments, and to defining national identities. At the completion of this course, students will have a broad knowledge of art in all its diverse forms and purposes.

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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