Introduction to Art History II
Creative Arts & Cultures
This course is designed to follow ARTH O160 Intro to Art History I and provides an introduction to the history of Western art from the Early Renaissance period to the modern period. 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.