Art History Courses

List of Courses:
  • 100 - Intro to Western Art to 1400
    This course surveys the visual arts in their many facets from prehistoric times - from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, through medieval Europe. Sometimes known as "from caves to cathedrals," this course introduces students to fundamental principles for the study of art and art theory, and the verbal language that unites the visual arts.
  • 101 - Intro:Western Art 1400-Present
    This survey course begins with the Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy, and chronologically studies the major innovators in painting, sculpture, architecture, and other visual arts, introducing students to principles for approaching art history and theory, including the verbal language that unites the visual arts.
  • 110 - Survey Asia/Africa/Americas
    This course surveys the art of Southeast Asia, Chinese and Korean art, Japanese art, art of the Americas, art of the Pacific, and the art of Africa from their beginnings to the present. It introduces artistic vocabulary, methods for understanding the meaning of the various works, the cultural context in which these works were formed, and the role of the artist in society.
  • 132 - Themes in Renaissance Art
    This course studies the art and architecture of Italy and Northern Europe from 1300 to 1600, focusing on the changing forms of education available to artists, the impact of liberal arts education on artists' and architects' lives and works, and how artists and architects became recognized as independent creative individuals.
  • 200 - Ancient Art
    This course explores the sculpture, architecture, and other visual arts of the ancient classical world, beginning with the earliest Greek cultures, giving special attention to issues of art and life in the various Greek centers.
  • 203 - Medieval Art
    This course opens with Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture, explores the abstractions of Islamic works, the production of manuscripts, the idealistic world of Charlemagne, majestic Romanesque cathedrals and castles, and the color, light, and space of Gothic cathedrals across Europe.
  • 205 - Topics in Art History
    This course is designed to provide a close look at specific topics in the history of art. Topics might include courses linked to local exhibitions of important works, traditions of special interest to abroad programs, or courses organized around the special expertise of visiting faculty. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once, provided the topics differ.
  • 230 - Asian Art
    This course examines bronzes, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and architecture of the Asian world within their social and historical contexts.
  • 232 - Art of the Italian Renaissance
    This course thematically treats the variety of visual art created in Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries, including works by the world-famous Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Andrea Palladio. It also explores the achievements of many other artists in the major centers - Florence, Rome, and Venice - and in courtly settings.
  • 234 - 17th - 18th Century Art
    This course studies paintings, sculpture, architecture, and other visual art in Europe from 1600 to the art of the revolutions at the end of the 18th century. Works of some of the world's best-known artists are examined - from Bernini and Vermeer to David and Houdon - with special attention to the emergence of influential women artists such as Artemesia Gentileschi and Angelica Kauffmann.
  • 235 - 19th Century European Art
    This course investigates the life and work of artists living in Spain, France, Germany and Great Britain during the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on how their art was influenced by different national perspectives.
  • 237 - 20th Century Art
    This course examines the major artistic movements of the 20th century including Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and performance art. The role of historical and cultural context in shaping artistic expression is a focus, along with the initiative of individual artists.
  • 257 - Architecture in America
    A study of the many forms that architecture in the USA has taken from its creative origins in the post-Revolutionary world to contemporary concerns for environmental issues, the course traces the variety of architecture in the USA as a reflection of our changing sense of identity from coast to coast, not overlooking the complex figure of Bernard Maybeck at Principia.
  • 258 - Art in the USA
    This course traces the innovations and achievements of visual artists in the USA from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries with particular emphasis on artists' responses to themes such as wilderness, the growth of cities, the industrial revolution, war and peace, women's rights, urban life, and internationalism.
  • 260 - History of Photography
    This course explores the history of photography from its early-19th-century origins to the present with special attention to the innovations of such major figures as Daguerre and Niepce, Henry Fox Talbot, Nadar, Stieglitz, and Ansel Adams, through Cindy Shearman, Andy Warhol, and early-21st-century photographers.
  • 282 - Islamic Art
    This course traces Islamic art from its beginnings in the Arabic peninsula through its rise in Syria and Palestine, and its expansion west into Egypt, Spain, and North Africa, and east into Iraq, Iran, and India.
  • 285 - 20th Century Architecture
    This course covers major movements of 20th-century architecture including the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism, Organic Functionalism, Post-Modernism, and contemporary movements, as well as urban planning.
  • 300 - Adv Studies/Ancient
    This course studies current issues in ancient Greek and Roman art and architectural history. Topics treated thematically will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. The emphasis is on research/writing, oral presentation, and theoretical approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 304 - Advanced Topics in Art History
    This course examines current issues in art history. Topics related thematically will vary, and may relate to special exhibitions at the St. Louis Art Museum or other local museums. The emphasis is on research/writing, oral presentation, and theoretical approaches. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be repeated up to a total of 12 semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 332 - Adv Studies/Medieval & Renaiss
    This course studies current issues in Medieval and Renaissance art history. Topics treated thematically will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. The emphasis is on research/writing, oral presentation, and theoretical approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ. Prerequisite: Either ARTH 203 or ARTH 232 and one other Art History course at the 200 level.
  • 354 - Adv Studies/17th-18th C Art
    This course studies current issues in 17th- and 18th-century art history. Topics treated thematically will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. The emphasis is on research/writing, oral presentation, and theoretical approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 355 - Adv Studies/19th-20th C Art
    This course studies current issues in 19th- and 20th-century art history. Topics treated thematically will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. The emphasis is on research/writing, oral presentation, and theoretical approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.