This course will provide an introductory survey to the fundamental principles and canonical works of Western art history from the Renaissance to the present. We will examine key works from Europe and the United States as a means to gain a greater understanding of the major artistic trends as well as how they reflect and comment on their broader social, historical, and cultural contexts. Emphasis will be placed on developing your ability to visually comprehend and analyze a work of art; to answer the questions: what do you see and why is it important? Lectures focus on the general issues of a given period of artistic production as well as individual artists, works of art, and artistic techniques. Readings, ample class discussion, and museum-based writing assignments will provide opportunities to put visual analysis skills to practice.
Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100.