Great Monuments from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages
HistArt 101 introduces students to the disciplinary practices and goals of art history via encounters with selected great monuments of visual culture ranging from magic-charged cave art of prehistory to compelling Christian, Jewish, and Islamic monuments of medieval life, piety, and power down through the Crusades. We place each monument in dialogue with a cluster of thematically associated creations that enrich our understanding of how art expresses ideas and exerts meaning in its era of original production. We also consider how to "read" a famous monument across time--as its fame may have the power to produce new meanings in new historical contexts. Discussion sections encourage active use of campus museum collections via specially designed online engagements.
Course materials: Textbook (Shaman Drum); Coursepack (Accu Copy); Online Aids.
Grading basis: Three Unit Tests (1 hour each), Periodic 150-word journal entries, Class Attendance/Section Participation.
Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100.