Special Topics in Art and Culture
Art and Architecture of the Andes
180 Tappan
TTh 1:00-2:30pm
3 Credit Lecture

The civilizations of ancient Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador challenge many of our assumptions about the nature of art and society. In this course, we will study traditional Andean forms of art, such as textiles and landscape modification, as well as more familiar media, such as architecture and sculpture, from the beginnings of civilization to the end of the colonial era. Focusing on the art of the Chavín, Nazca, Moche, Tiwanaku, and Inca civilizations, as well as the encounter with Spanish colonialism, we will consider the interplay between naturalism and abstraction, imperial control and regional diversity, and the challenges of the Andean environment. In the final sessions, we will explore how the Inca past was remembered and represented in later Peruvian art. In addition to a textbook, we will read scholarly articles addressing aspects of Andean art history, available on CTools. Evaluation is based on participation in discussion and classroom activities, exams, short writing assignments, and a final research paper. No prerequisites or prior knowledge of the Andes required. Estimated cost of materials: less than $50. 1. 3. E