Art in Nineteenth-Century Europe
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NARH 3369
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
Description:
This course explores the visual culture of 19th-century Europe, concentrating on depictions of modernity in painting, sculpture, and photography. Using the rapidly changing city of Paris and its artists as emblematic of the modern, the course addresses the major art movements of the period, some of which had echoes in the history of music. Topics include Jacques-Louis David and the art of the French Revolution, Romanticism and resistance in works by artists including Eugène Delacroix (who traveled in the same circles as composer Frédéric Chopin), the impact of photography on art and perception, and the allure of the new grand boulevards, which were built in Paris in this period. Students learn to think critically about art in relation to the new markets, institutions, and criticism that shaped the artistic movements of that time. To offer a broader cultural framework, two class sessions focusing on the music of the same period are taught by the instructor of NMUS3515, Music in Nineteenth-Century Europe.
Course Open to: Degree Students