Current Upper Level Courses
Rose Hill - Spring 2020
ARHI 2305 – Greek Art (4 credits)
This course provides a survey of the major monuments of Greek Art from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period (c. 2500-100 B.C.), focusing on their function in Greek myth and ritual mythological depictions in vase paintings, funerary sculpture, the cult statue, narrative reliefs, temple architecture and urban sacred landscapes.
ARHI 2360 – Illuminated Manuscripts (4 credits)
Before the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, every book was a precious, hand-produced object. Often these manuscripts were richly decorated with painting, called illumination. This course examines the development of manuscript illumination over the length of the Middle Ages (c. 300-1500). Issues examined include: illuminated manuscripts and the establishment of the church, illumination and royal power, manuscripts and popular devotion, and the role of the artist as illuminator.
ARHI 2535 – History of Photography (4 credits)
This course explores the uses and possibilities of the photographic medium since its inception in the early nineteenth century. Our focus this semester will be on histories of photography in what is now the United States, with particular attention to questions of migration, race, diaspora, and belonging. How have photographs been used to shape, negotiate, and challenge ideas about identity in both individual and collective senses? In exploring this central question, we will consider a wide array of images and contexts, including cut-paper silhouettes, daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite, family albums, yearbooks, passport photographs, and film. Practitioners explored include J.P. Ball, Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Roy DeCarava, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Tōyō Miyatake, Will Wilson, ASCO, and Carrie Mae Weems. Classes will be complemented by a hands-on workshop on darkroom techniques as well as visits to area collections.
AHRI 2550 - 20th Century Art (4 credits)
This course surveys Modern Art from c.1880 to the late 20th century with a deep dive into the pre-1945 era, a period featuring profound changes in the nature of western art, with the introduction of new subjects, methods and materials. We will explore these revolutionary developments in the context of social, political, and cultural concerns.
Projected course for Fall 2020 Rose Hill
Senior Seminar (Rowe), Renaissance/Baroque in Latin America (Mundy)
Lincoln Center - Spring 2020
ARHI 2552 – Modernity in Asia: Arts in Cultural Encounters (4 credits)
This introductory course to modern Asian art will investigate how a network of interrelated encounters among Asian countries and with the west from the mid 19th-century to the present shaped visual culture from East and Southeast Asia. Issues explored: colonialism, post-colonialism, nationalism, and anti-aesthetics, hybridity, among others.
ARHI 2620 – Introduction to Fashion History (4 credits)
This course surveys developments in fashion from antiquity to the modern era, with particular attention paid to the impact of technology and the social contexts of fashion makers and consumers.
ARHI 3455 - Michelangelo (4 credits)
This course surveys the life, times, and works of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). We will trace his development from his origins in fifteenth-century Florence to his role as the leading artist of sixteenth-century Rome and his ultimate fate as the “divine” artist memorialized by Giorgio Vasari. Our primary goal is to examine his major projects in painting, sculpture, and architecture, and analyze the social, artistic, political, and religious context that informed their production and reception. Throughout the course, we will be attentive to the “myth of Michelangelo” promoted by his principal biographers, Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi, and by the artist himself. We will test their histories of Michelangelo’s career against evidence drawn from other sources, including contemporary documents and modern scholarship.
ARHI 4230 – Art and Ethics: Articulating Function in the Visual Arts (4 credits)
This course will examine the inter-disciplinary dialogue between art and ethics. What exactly do the terms "art" and "ethics" denote... and connote? Can one nudge the terms together into some kind of binary concept, like "ethical art" or "artful morality" (!)? Or do these terms relate at some other, deeper level, with a common ontological foundation? In the course of the semester, we will consider the relationship between art and ethics, as they have surfaced in philosophy, in theology, in history, in the history of art, and in art criticism from antiquity to the present era.
Projected course for Fall 2020 Lincoln Center
Baroque Art (Ruvoldt)
Rome Program - Summer 2020
Art and Architecture of Rome (ARHI 3316) (4 credits)
This course examines the art, architecture, and culture of Rome over the various epochs of the city's history: ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, through to the contemporary period. Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization. Indoor class time for this course is minimal; Rome is our classroom and participants' primary mode of exploration is on site visits to monuments, museums, churches, and galleries. Out-of-town excursions will be taken as well. For more information click here.