ARH/REL 275-A Art & Archaeology of Death
1:30PM - 4:30PM
Bodies, burial customs, funerary art, grave goods, and related belief systems in cultures of the Near East and Mediterranean Basin from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Empire. This course counts as Expression and Civilization .
• All of these courses fulfill EXPRESSION credit.
• ARH 210 and ARH 211 count towards the Classical Studies Minor.
• ARH 212 counts towards the International Studies Major and the American Studies Minor.
CS: ARH 210. ART AND HISTORY I: GODS & EMPERORS (4 sh)
This course introduces you to the history of world art and architecture from the Neolithic Period through the Late Roman Period. This will include the study of materials and production, as well as an introduction to the often specialized vocabulary related to ancient art. In addition, we will address issues such as gender, identity, power and the reception of the art (both ancient and modern), provenance, conservation, and museum ethics, among other topics. You will learn to think and speak critically about visual and textual material from the Assyrian palace to the Roman temple.
CS: ARH 211. ART AND HISTORY II: CATHEDRALS TO CONQUEST (4 sh)
This course introduces you to the history of world art and architecture from the 4th century through the 16th century. As we move from the ancient world to the development of monotheistic empires, we investigate contacts and conflicts between the arts of Church and State, the cultures of the Mosque and the Temple, and the politics of mapping the "New World". We will consider the ideals of Renaissance within a global context, including a discussion of the arts of mission, acts of omission, and art as diplomacy. This course ends with a discussion of conquests and colonialism, including the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and Columbus’ voyage to the Americas. You will learn to think and speak critically about visual and textual material from the Byzantine Church to the Ottoman mosque.
AS:IS: ARH 212. ART AND HISTORY II: REFORM, REVOLT, CRITIQUE (4 sh)
This course introduces you to the history of world art and architecture from the 17th century to the present. We will explore the contexts in which these works were created, considering a variety of factors that influenced their production, style, meaning, authorship, patronage, and continued importance. We will pay particular attention to historical moments of revolution and reform as well as the increasing emphasis placed on art’s critical function in society both culturally and politically. You will learn to think and speak analytically about visual and textual material from Italian Baroque architecture to contemporary Japanese performance art.
ARH 495. SENIOR SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY (4 sh)
A capstone experience for majors, this course offers students practical experience in researching, writing and presenting an independent senior thesis project.
Prerequisite: ARH 301 Art History Methodologies.
ARH 367: Contact/Conflict/Cultures - The Visual Cultures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
In this course we will examine the art and architecture of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In particular we will look at points of contact, continuity, and conflict. For example, the ancient traditions of Judaism inform the development of early Christian iconographies, while later, Christian art reinterprets “Old Testament” iconographies as a critique of contemporary Jewishness. In the generations after the death of the Prophet the arts of Islam borrow artistic motifs from the traditions of Christianity in an effort to both compete and convert. All three faiths come into violent contact during the medieval crusades, a conflict recorded in the visual arts, yet some works from this period reflect a co-existence that seems entirely contrary to the historical record. This course counts as an Art History Elective, as Advanced Studies, and toward minors in Jewish Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies and as a Middle Eastern Elective in International Studies.