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 and ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, through medieval Europe. Sometimes known as "from caves to cathedrals," this course introduces students to fundamental principles for the study of art history and 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 innovations in painting, sculpture, architecture, and other visual arts, introducing students to fundamental principles for the study of art history and theory, and the verbal language that unites the visual arts.
  • 110 - Survey Asia/Africa/Americas
    This course surveys the art of South and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa from their beginnings to the present. It introduces vocabulary terms, 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 opportunities available to artists, the impact of liberal arts education on artists' and architects' lives and work, and methods by which 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 Aegean cultures, giving special attention to issues of art and life in various Greek centers.
  • 203 - Medieval Art
    This course opens with Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture, and explores the abstractions of Islamic works, manuscript production, the idealistic world of Charlemagne, the variety of Romanesque churches, 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 of art, 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, architecture, and other visual arts of the Asian world in their socio-political 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 world-famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Andrea Palladio, and explores the achievements of many other artists in the major centers - Florence, Rome, Venice, and courtly settings.
  • 234 - 17th - 18th Century Art
    This course studies paintings, sculpture, architecture, and other visual art in Europe from 1600 to the end of the 18th century. Works of some of the world's best-known artists are studied - 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 work of artists 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. How the historical and socio-political contexts shaped artistic expression is a major consideration, along with the initiative of individual artists.
  • 257 - Architecture in America
    As a study of the forms architecture in America has taken from its origins in the pre-Revolutionary world to its contemporary consideration of environmental issues, the course traces the changes in architecture in America as a reflection of a 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, giving special attention to the innovations of such major figures as Daguerre and NiƩpce, Henry Fox Talbot, Nadar, Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Cindy Shearman, Andy Warhol, and early-21st-century photographers.
  • 282 - Islamic Art
    This course examines Islamic art from its beginnings in the Arabic peninsula through its response to local traditions in Syria and Palestine, and its expansion into Egypt, Spain, and North Africa, into India.
  • 285 - 20th Century Architecture
    This course covers major movements of 20th-century architecture, including the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism, Post-Modernism, and contemporary movements, as well as urban planning.
  • 300 - Adv Studies/Ancient
    This seminar 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 various approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 304 - Advanced Topics in Art History
    This seminar studies 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 various 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 seminar 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 various approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 354 - Adv Studies/17th-18th C Art
    This seminar 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 various approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 355 - Adv Studies/19th-20th C Art
    This seminar 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 various approaches. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.