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Current Upper Level Courses

Rose Hill - Spring 2021

ARHI 2257 – Modern Latin American Art (4 credits)
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Álvaro Siqueiros were committed to socially engaged and politically relevant art. This course looks at their ideas about the work of art in society and their impact up to the present day.

ARHI 2365 – Medieval Art & The Museum (4 credits)
In the European Middle Ages (ca. 500-1500) most artworks were made for the eyes of royalty and church leaders. But in recent generations, such objects were collected by museums with the aim of exhibiting them to a diverse general public. In this course we will consider the journey made by medieval objects from rarified spaces in Europe to the public institutions of the United States. Students will engage with curators and manuscript specialists at the Coisters, the Getty, and other museums, and we will compose a collaborative digital exhibition on the themes of the course.

AHRI 4230 - Art and Ethics: Articulating Function in the Visual Arts (4 credits)
This course examines 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? We will consider the relationship between art and ethics, as they have surfaced in philosophy, theology, history, the history of art, and art criticism from antiquity to the present era.

Lincoln Center - Spring 2021

ARHI 2221 – Japanese Visual Culture: Prehistory to Present (4 credits)
An examination of Japanese visual culture from prehistory to contemporary society. Issues and material explored: the development and spread of Buddhism, temple art and architecture, narrative art and prints, the interaction of art and popular culture, manga, anime, and contacts with western society.

ARHI 2430 – Renaissance Portraits (4 credits)
During the Italian Renaissance, portraits were test-cases of artistic skill, tools in marriage negotiations, and vehicles for the expression of friendship and political power. This class considers the role of portraiture in defining, communication, and preserving individual identity. Examining the concepts of "portrait" and "self-fashioning" in literary and visual spheres, we will read authors including Castiglione and Machiavelli, and study artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

ARHI 2620 – Introduction to Fashion History (4 credits)
Image based lectures and discussions address how clothing is connected to political, social, technological, and aesthetic developments from antiquity to the rise of modernity. Special attention is paid to how clothing speaks to the understanding of gender, political power, and identity in a given historical moment. The course also elaborates on the interconnections between dress and art, architecture, and the decorative arts in order to understand changing styles as part of broader aesthetic and cultural transformations.

Rome Program - Summer 2021

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.