History of Art & Architecture

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  • CAS AH 430: Seminar in Greek and Roman Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior art history major and admission to the Courtauld Program.
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Greek and Roman art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. [Topic for 2007/2008: Looking for the Ancient Artist.]
  • CAS AH 438: Seminar: Pompeii
    An in-depth study of Pompeii and the other towns buried by Mount Vesuvius. All aspects of the Vesuvian cities are examined, including urban planning and public architecture, private domestic and funerary architecture, mural painting, mosaics, and sculpture. Also offered as CAS AR 438.
  • CAS AH 440: Seminar in Late Antique and Medieval Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior art history major and admission to the Courtauld Program.
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of late antique and medieval art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. [Topics for 2007/2008: Decline and Fall? Transformation in Late Antiquity; Cathedrals in Context: Religion and the Great Church in England 1170-1350.]
  • CAS AH 444: Seminar: Medieval Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Medieval Art. Topic for Fall 2015: The Rebirth of Sculpture in Europe 1000-1250. Monumental architectural sculpture ceased to be produced after the Fall of Rome. This seminar examines prohibitions against carved imagery and the rebirth of sculpture around the year 1000. Focus on the invention and development of the grand church entrance.
  • CAS AH 450: Seminar in Renaissance Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior art history major and admission to the Courtauld Program.
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Renaissance art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. [Topic for 2007/2008: Art in Venice c. 1420-1510.]
  • CAS AH 460: Seminar in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior art history major and admission to the Courtauld Program.
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. [Topic for 2007/2008: Seventeenth-Century Art in Italy, Spain, and France.]
  • CAS AH 462: Seminar: Baroque Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2015: Global Baroque: Art and Power in the Seventeenth Century. Investigates the interaction between art and structures of power in seventeenth-century Europe, with particular attention to the global dimensions of this phenomenon. Focus on Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velázquez; also other forms of cultural production that circulated through global trading networks.
  • CAS AH 482: Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 levelor higher; or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2013: Romanticism. An exploration of the art of Goya, Blake, Friedrich, Géricault, Delacroix, and others, who created enduring works of the imagination in an era of revolution, nationalism, and religious revival. Includes discussion of weekly readings, an oral report, and a final paper.
  • CAS AH 490: Seminar: Special Topics in the History of Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior art history major and admission to the Courtauld Program.
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. [This course designation is to accommodate seminars that do not fit into specific chronological periods. An example from 2007/2008: Classicisms Ancient and Modern: Classical Greece to Modern France.]
  • CAS AH 494: Seminar: Photography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2014: The Photographic Book. This seminar examines the photographic book from 1839 to the present. Focus on the book as a unique form for the medium, and study of image/text relationships, narrative structures, and cultural constructions of the book's message.
  • CAS AH 495: Seminar: Twentieth Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Examines major artists and artistic currents of the twentieth century. Topics vary each year. Some background in the history of modern art is recommended. Topic for Fall 2014: Picasso. This seminar explores more than eight decades of incessant art making by Pablo Picasso. How his friends, his lovers, and his preoccupation with eroticism and death affected his imagery.
  • CAS AH 497: Seminar: Contemporary Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2014: Contemporary Art and Globalization. Considers globalization as the key paradigm for art produced since 1989. Explores how international artists and curators have negotiated the space between local tradition and global exchange while participating in large-scale, international exhibitions.
  • CAS AH 501: Practicum in Museum Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
    Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
  • CAS AH 502: Practicum in Museum Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
    Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
  • CAS AH 503: Art Historical Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two 300-level AH courses.
    Explores a wide range of theories and methodologies (including semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism, and post-structuralism) employed by art historians and critics to assess art produced in Europe and the United States since 1900.
  • CAS AH 504: Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    In-depth discussion of special issues in the study of religion and art. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Religious Architecture in Islam: Mosques, Shrines, and Tombs. Examines a select group of buildings from the Islamic world in terms of architecture and religious practice. Topics include monuments such as the Ka'ba, the Dome of the Rock, or the Taj Mahal. Also offered as CAS RN 504.
  • CAS AH 520: The Museum and Historical Agency
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and stamped approval.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of the instructor and stamped approval.
    History, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies, using Boston's excellent examples. Issues and debates confronting museums today examined in the light of historical development and changing communities. Emphasis on collecting, display and interpretation.
  • CAS AH 521: Curatorship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: permission of instructor and stamped approval.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and stamped approval.
    Topic for Spring 2015: American Painting at Midcentury. This course researches and prepares for an upcoming traveling exhibition on the American artists Milton Avery, Herman Maril, and Karl Knaths, curated by Melissa Renn, that opens at the Boston University Art Gallery in the fall of 2017.
  • CAS AH 525: New England Cultural Landscapes
    Examines the historic forces that have shaped the distinctive regional landscapes of New England and catalogues the changing forms that make up those landscapes. Also offered as CAS AM 524.
  • CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Two topics are offered Fall 2015. Section A1: American Revolution. Explores the broad field of art and visual culture that arose around the American Revolution, examining how artists on both sides of the Atlantic participated in the political, legal, and cultural struggles that unfolded between the North American colonies and England. Section B1: The Rebirth of Sculpture in Europe 1000-1250. Monumental architectural sculpture ceased to be produced after the Fall of Rome. This seminar examines prohibitions against carved imagery and the rebirth of sculpture around the year 1000. Focus on the invention and development of the grand church entrance as well as the treatment of small parish churches largely in France, England, Spain, and Italy.