History of Art & Architecture

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  • CAS AH 111: Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages
    An introduction to art history and the analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Study of masterpieces from prehistoric to medieval times. Focus on monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AH 112: Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today
    Major monuments and artists. Sequential development, from the Renaissance to the modern period, of major styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, and photography. Relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AH 201: Understanding Architecture: Theoretical Approaches to the Built Environment
    Introduces a range of approaches to the analysis of architecture. Learn how scholars and architects have interpreted meaning in architecture through the rubrics of art, structure, language, nonverbal communication, experience, and culture.
  • CAS AH 204: Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts
    Explores interplay between religion and art through the study of historical, contemporary examples. Topic changes each year. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Visual Piety. An exploration of the important role that vision plays in religious practices around the world. Theoretical readings and case studies from various cultures will serve as the primary material for the course. Also offered as CAS AH 204.
  • CAS AH 205: History of World Architecture
    An examination of patterns in world architecture and urbanism from pre-history to the twentieth century. Lectures and discussions address questions of program, spatial composition, structure, technology, iconography, and cultural context for the examples considered. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same number that was previously entitled "Architecture: An Introduction."
  • CAS AH 210: Learning to See
    Strengthens your ability to describe and analyze the visual world. From fundamentals such as color and composition to the design of advertisements, propaganda, and appliances. A lab component with frequent visits to the MFA and other Boston sites provides opportunities for direct engagement with objects, images, and the built environment.
  • CAS AH 215: Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora
    Exploration of a diversity of visual and performing arts from Africa, including ceramics, textiles, royal regalia, masquerades, and contemporary painting. Examines how the dispersal of Africans, due to the transatlantic slave trade and immigration, contributed to the cultural richness of the Americas. Also offered as CAS AA 215. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AH 220: Islamic Art and Architecture
    Examines key monuments of Islamic art and architecture within their historical and cultural context, and emphasizes the diversity within the visual cultures of the Islamic world. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AH 222: Art and Architecture in Ancient America
    Introduction to the cities, monuments, and major art styles of the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, and their predecessors in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes from the first millennium BC to the sixteenth century.
  • CAS AH 225: The Arts of Asia
    Surveys of the major artistic traditions of Asia. Important monuments are examined analytically in order to explain why certain forms and styles are characteristic of specific times and places, and how these monuments functioned in their cultural contexts. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AH 232: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
    The technology, economy, social life, political organization, religions, art, and architecture of Egypt from Predynastic times through the Hellenistic period, based on archaeological and historical sources. Emphasis on the period of the pharaohs (ca. 3000-323 BCE). Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS AR 232.
  • CAS AH 233: The Arts of Greece
    Greek architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Athens and on the creation of the classical style in art and architecture.
  • CAS AH 234: The Art of Rome
    Roman architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy and on the political and social role of Roman art and architecture.
  • 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.