Medieval Art

CAS AH 240 (4 credits)

European art and architecture from the Fall of Rome through High Gothic. Covers media including sculpture, textiles, stained glass, and precious metalwork. Monuments treated are Rome's great churches, the Book of Kells, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Chartres and Rheims cathedrals.

2017SPRGCASAH240 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 229

Latin American Art Since Contact

CAS AH 242 (4 credits)

Surveys Latin American art from the colonial period to the present and relates it to imperial, state, institutional, and private agendas. Interrogates both notions of art within colonial/neo-colonial contexts and changing roles of artists over the past half millennium.

2016FALLCASAH242 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm CAS 315

Renaissance Art

CAS AH 257 (4 credits)

Survey of the arts in the Renaissance in Italy from the communes of the early fifteenth century to the courts of the sixteenth century.

Arts in America

CAS AH 284 (4 credits)

Survey of American painting, architecture, sculpture, prints, and photography from the early settlement in 1630 to the present. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

2016FALLCASAH284 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am CAS 322

The Nineteenth Century

CAS AH 287 (4 credits)

Examines the major currents in nineteenth-century painting and sculpture, from David to Rodin, in the context of nationalism, revolution, colonial expansion, and technological growth. Emphasizes European developments: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism.

History of Photography

CAS AH 295 (4 credits)

An introduction to the study of photographs. The history of the medium in Europe and America from its invention in 1839 to the present. After lectures on photographic theory and methodology, photographs are studied both as art objects and as historical artifacts.

2017SPRGCASAH295 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm CAS 326

Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture

CAS AH 313 (4 credits)

Architecture, manuscripts, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics of the Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires. Focus on the formation of imperial styles, intersections between art and politics, and the importance of the arts in dynastic legitimization.

After Genghis Khan: Art and Architecture in Central Asia and Iran

CAS AH 314 (4 credits)

Examines the art and architecture in Iran and Central Asia of the Ilkhanids and Timurids (thirteenth-sixteenth centuries), two of the most innovative and dynamic artistic traditions of the Islamic world, and heirs to the traditions of Genghis Khan's Mongol Empire.

African Diaspora Arts in the Americas

CAS AH 316 (4 credits)

Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santería, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as CAS AA 316.

From Morocco to Timbuktu: Art and Architecture at the Saharan Crossroads

CAS AH 317 (4 credits)

Cultural exchange between North and West Africa, and its impact on art and architecture from the medieval period to the present; the interaction between Islam and other modes of African religious practice and how this interaction influenced African aesthetic expression.

2016FALLCASAH317 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CAS 229

Topics in Latin American Art

CAS AH 323 (4 credits)

Study of a region, theme, or period in Latin America art and architecture. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Spring 2015: Art of Cuba Since the Nineteenth Century. Explores issues of race, gender, class, nationalism, internationalism, exile, and revolution in Cuban arts.

2017SPRGCASAH323 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 315

Arts of Japan

CAS AH 326 (4 credits)

The arts of Japan, from prehistory to the twentieth century. Lectures intend to cover a broad range of media (painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints) and building types (temples, palaces, castles, teahouses). Special attention is paid to major projects integrating multiple forms.

Arts of China

CAS AH 327 (4 credits)

Introduction to the major tradition of Chinese art, from the Neolithic period to the present. Topics include bronzes, tomb sculpture, painting,calligraphy, ceramics, and gardens.

Modern Japanese Architecture

CAS AH 328 (4 credits)

An introduction to the major architects, buildings, theories, and critical issues of Japanese architecture from 1850 to the present. Focus on the development of new forms in response to interchanges with the West, new technologies, earthquakes, nationalism, international wars, and colonialism.

Arts of Archaic Greece

CAS AH 331 (4 credits)

Examines a critical formative stage in Greek art. Analyzes the rise of identifiable artists, the relationship of art to epic, the evolution of the architectural orders, and the formation of Greek style in monumental stone sculpture.

2016FALLCASAH331 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm CAS 323B

Early Medieval and Romanesque Art

CAS AH 345 (4 credits)

Art and architecture of medieval Europe from the Early Christian Catacombs to the great Gothic cathedrals. Topics include piety, the cult of relics, the Virgin, monasticism, and secular monuments such as medieval European castles and the Bayeux Tapestry.

Venetian Renaissance Art

CAS AH 352 (4 credits)

A study of art and architecture in Renaissance Venice with focus on the "Myth of Venice," Byzantine heritage, introduction of the oil medium, Scuole, and the work of the Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Palladio, Veronese, and Tintoretto.

Southern Baroque Art

CAS AH 361 (4 credits)

Explores transformations in painting, sculpture, and architecture of late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Italy, Spain, and France. Topics include: crisis of the religious image and Counter-Reformation; arts in service of a rejuvenated, triumphant Catholic faith; papal nepotism and patronage.

Baroque Arts in Northern Europe

CAS AH 365 (4 credits)

An exploration of the rich artistic tradition of the northern and southern Netherlands from the late sixteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Coordinated in part with the MFA exhibition, "Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer."

2016FALLCASAH365 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS 225

The Grand Tour

CAS AH 368 (4 credits)

The culminating educational experience for the elite of Enlightenment Europe took the form of an extended trip to Italy, "The Grand Tour." This course recreates the itinerary of the Tour and analyzes its impact on art, architecture, collecting, and connoisseurship.