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  • CAS AH 240: Medieval Art
    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.
  • CAS AH 242: Latin American Art Since Contact
    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.
  • CAS AH 257: Renaissance Art
    Survey of the arts in the Renaissance in Italy from the communes of the early fifteenth century to the courts of the sixteenth century.
  • CAS AH 284: Arts in America
    Survey of American painting, architecture, sculpture, prints, and photography from the early settlement in 1630 to the present. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AH 287: The Nineteenth Century
    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.
  • CAS AH 295: History of Photography
    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.
  • CAS AH 313: Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture
    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.
  • CAS AH 314: After Genghis Khan: Art and Architecture in Central Asia and Iran
    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.
  • CAS AH 316: African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
    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.
  • CAS AH 317: From Morocco to Timbuktu: Art and Architecture at the Saharan Crossroads
    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.
  • CAS AH 323: Topics in Latin American Art
    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.
  • CAS AH 326: Arts of Japan
    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.
  • CAS AH 327: Arts of China
    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.
  • CAS AH 328: Modern Japanese Architecture
    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.
  • CAS AH 331: Arts of Archaic Greece
    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.
  • CAS AH 345: Early Medieval and Romanesque Art
    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.
  • CAS AH 352: Venetian Renaissance Art
    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.
  • CAS AH 361: Southern Baroque Art
    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.
  • CAS AH 365: Baroque Arts in Northern Europe
    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."
  • CAS AH 368: The Grand Tour
    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.