History of Art & Architecture

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  • CAS AH 308: From Caesar to Corbusier: The History of Switzerland Through Its Art and Architecture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Geneva Internship Program.
    Development of the Swiss confederation, from the Roman period to the early twentieth century, through its arts and architecture. Major events in Swiss history and how they have shaped the environment of the country and its artistic heritage.
  • 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 319: Arts and Media in Britain
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Liberal Arts Programme.
    Provides an overall picture of contemporary British arts and media (including commercial media). The arts and media related to broad changes in British society.
  • CAS AH 320: Modern British Art and Design
    Provides a broad introduction to visual arts and design in modern Britain. Through lectures and visits to museums, galleries, and dealers, examines the recent history of art and design, the London art market, and the British art establishment.
  • 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 349: Between the Lily and the Lion: Art in Renaissance Padua
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Padua Italian & European Studies Program.
    Padua as a case study for Renaissance art: between two giants (Florence, Venice) and rooted in ancient Roman origins. Critical analysis of works of the Padua and Veneto region, fourteenth--sixteenth centuries; reflections in contemporary history and culture. Visits to museums, churches in Padua.
  • 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 354: Venetian Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • CAS AH 356: French Art and Architecture
    Varying issues and periods of French art and architecture.
  • CAS AH 359: Northern Renaissance Painting
    The painting in countries north of the Alps (Netherlands, Flanders, Burgundy, France, Germany) from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries, studied in its historic, cultural, environmental, and artistic contexts. Architecture, sculpture, and graphics are included.
  • CAS AH 361: Southern Baroque Art
    Explores transformations in painting, sculpture, and architecture of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Italy, Spain, and France. Major figures such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Poussin, and Velázquez are examined from a variety of perspectives.
  • CAS AH 364: Art and Architecture in Madrid, 1561 - Today
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Madrid Spanish & European Studies Program.
    Survey of architecture, sculpture, and painting in Madrid, and how these fit within the broader frame of European styles and historical context, 1561 to the present. Key theories in art history are introduced, giving students a broader perspective on critical approaches to art.