Art Before the Modern: Monuments of World Art
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NARH 2002
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
This course examines the history of world art and architecture from antiquity through the 14th century, providing an introduction to visual expression in this period and a solid foundation for more specialized study. Beginning with the arts of the ancient Near East, we concentrate on major monuments of many different cultures, including ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, Buddhist India, Tang and Song Dynasty China, Byzantium, and medieval Europe. Along with the standard survey text, primary sources and scholarly essays offer a variety of approaches to the study of art. The class includes slide-illustrated lectures and discussion forums on selected images and texts. Students gain essential skills for analyzing fine art and architecture as well as insights into the ideological, cultural, and social forces that shape and are shaped by works of architecture, sculpture, and painting. In written projects, students analyze works of art from various museum websites.