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    ART HISTORY (ARTS)

    1050 Introduction to Art (3 credits)
    A study of selected masterpieces of Western civilization in painting, sculpture, and architecture, from antiquity to the 20th century. 

    1051; 1052 History of Art (3 credits)
    Introduction to the history of art and architecture of the West. First semester: ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome; the early medieval world; the Romanesque, Gothic, and early Renaissance periods. Second semester: Renaissance to present, with emphasis on context, meaning, and style in the work of selected artists. ARTS 1052 is not open to students who have taken ARTS 1050. 

    1170 Art of Ancient Greece and Rome (3 credits)
    Art of ancient Greece and Rome from the 10th century B.C.E. to the 4th century C.E. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1051. 

    1200 Medieval Art (3 credits)
    Survey of European painting, sculpture, architecture, and luxury arts from the 3rd to mid-14th centuries.Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1051. 

    1301 Northern Renaissance Art (3 credits)
    Northern European painting, sculpture, and graphic arts of the 15th and 16th centuries. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1302 15th Century Italy (3 credits)
    Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 15th century. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1303 16th Century Italy (3 credits)
    Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 16th century. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1350 Baroque Art (3 credits)
    Survey of Baroque painting, sculpture, and architecture of 17th century Europe.Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1352 18th Century Art (3 credits)
    Survey of Rococo and Neoclassical painting, sculpture, and architecture of 18th century Europe. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1431 Early 19th Century Art (3 credits)
    History of art and architecture from late 18th century to the mid-19th century. Emphasis on Neoclassicism and Romanticism.Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1432 Late 19th Century Art (3 credits)
    History of art and architecture from the middle to the end of the 19th century. Emphasis on Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1451 Early 20th Century Art (3 credits)
    History of art and architecture from 1900 to the 1940s. Emphasis on Modernism and the historical avant-gardes.Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1471 Contemporary Art (3 credits)
    History of art from the 1940s to the present, with emphasis on Modernism, Post-Modernism, and the rise of the contemporary art world. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1540 Asian Art (3 credits)
    Survey of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia.Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1051 or ARTS 1052. 

    1613 American Art (3 credits)
    Survey of American painting, sculpture, and architecture from the colonial period until the present. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1630 American Architecture (3 credits)
    Introductory course that compares buildings from various eras and cultures and examines their systems. Covers early colonial settlements to postmodern practices, resulting in a basis for an architectural vocabulary and a greater consciousness of the built environment in the United States. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. 

    1635 The New York Skyscraper (3 credits)
    Discover the evolution of the skyscraper from its roots in 19th Century cast iron lofts to the complex amalgams of today. This is an in-depth look at the links between architecture, engineering, planning, zoning, and economics using the towers of Midtown and the Financial District as our classroom. 

    1637 NYC Architecture and Urban Design (3 credits)
    The architecture of New York, its building types, and various styles. Site visits and study in light of the history of the city, significant social and economic events, and patrons responsible for commissions.Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052 and permission of the instructor. 

    1645 History of Photography (3 credits)
    Survey of the history of photography from its origins to the present. Topics covered may include photography as technology, its use in mass media, and its legitimization as an art. Special focus on the theory and history of the medium of photography and its rise to prominence in contemporary artistic practice. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or 1052 

    1750 Philosophy and Criticism of Art (3 credits)
    This course examines key philosophical issues in the history of art, together with influential critical approaches to art, its meaning and reception in society. Important texts from classical antiquity to contemporary culture develop students’ critical skills in analysis of art and its surrounding issues. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050, 1051 or 1052; or Philosophy course 

    1850 Women in Art (3 credits)
    This course explores women’s diverse roles as creators, muses, and patrons in the history of art. It covers a wide range of historical periods and critical perspectives highlighting the significance of feminist art history in the development of the discipline. Prerequisite: Arts 1050 or 1051 or 1052. 

    1924 Jewish Art and Visual Culture (3 credits)
    Selected topics in the history of Jewish art from antiquity to the present. 

    1948 Image of Jerusalem (3 credits)
    This course explores how artists and architects of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam expressed their reverence for Jerusalem and affected its landscape, and how they created symbols of Jerusalem outside the Land of Israel that evoked the Holy City. 

    1973 through 1977 Topics in Art History (3 credits)
    May be repeated, as subject matter varies from term to term. Some courses offered abroad. 

    1985 Seminar in Art History (3 credits)
    Students develop research skills employing various methodologies used in the study of art history. Oral and written reports are presented on works of art in New York collections. Prerequisite: required for seniors; open to others with permission. 

    1990 Senior Thesis (1 credit)
    Exit paper combining research and original scholarship. The paper normally stems from work done in Seminar in Art History.

     

     

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