Introduction to Art History I

3.00 crs.

This course is an introduction to the history of (primarily) Western art from prehistory through the Late Medieval period in Europe and the Mediterranean. Organized chronologically, it nevertheless takes a thematic approach to the production of material culture over time, focusing attention on such decisive factors as power, gender, patronage, iconography, etc. Always concerned with context as well as questions of form or style, readings, lectures, discussions, and writing assignments highlight the various social, political, and religious functions of art within Western cultures, while also examining specific techniques and practices developed and deployed by artists.

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