Art History


School of Art and Art History
*ARTH 201. Art and Its Purpose. 3 credits.
A thematic, cultural approach to the history and appreciation of art. Examines the ways in which religious, social, political and philosophical concepts have been expressed in art.
*ARTH 205. Survey I: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art. 3 credits.
An introduction to the art and architecture of prehistoric man, the ancient world (Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire) and Europe during the Middle Ages. Style, function and meaning of individual works of art are discussed.
*ARTH 206. Survey II: Renaissance Through Modern Art. 3 credits.
An introduction to Western European art and architecture in the Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, and 19th and 20th centuries. Style, meaning and function of individual works of art are discussed.
ARTH 300. Art History Seminar. 3 credits.
Exploration of various methodological approaches in the history of art, including connoisseurship, iconography, formalism, psychological studies and interpretations of art and society. Students will examine contrasting interpretations of major works of art. Seminar format. Prerequisite: ARTH 205 or 206 or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 301. African Art. 3 credits.
An introduction to the traditional visual arts of Africa with reference to African influence on contemporary Western Art.
ARTH 302. Far Eastern Art. 3 credits.
A survey of East Asian art from prehistoric times to 19th-century colonialism. Emphasis is on the areas of major production: India, China and Japan, with less attention to such centers as Cambodia, Siam and Korea.
*ARTH 303. West African Experience: Art and Culture. 3 credits.
An interdisciplinary introduction to West African art and culture with topics that include music, religion, art, literature and cinema.
ARTH 304. History of Photography. 3 credits.
A survey of photography as art from its discovery to the present day. Emphasis is on 20th-century developments and recent contemporary trends.
ARTH 402. Ancient Art. 3 credits.
A comparative study of major examples of art and architecture from the ancient world. Certain selected topics in pottery, painting and numismatic arts will be studied in-depth. Prerequisite: ARTH 205 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 403. Art of the Middle Ages. 3 credits.
A survey of art and architecture in the early Christian Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic styles. Attention will focus on the periods in western Europe (1000-1400). Prerequisite: ARTH 205 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 404. Italian Renaissance Art. 3 credits.
A survey of the development of Italian Renaissance art and architecture (1300-1550), including the revival of classical art, the development of humanism, the invention of perspective, and the formation of the High Renaissance style. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 406. Baroque Art. 3 credits.
A survey of European art and architecture of the 17th century. This course will focus on Baroque art and its cultural context in Italy, France, Britain and Holland. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 407. Eighteenth-Century Art. 3 credits.
A survey of the major European artistic movements of the 18th century. This course will focus on the development of the Rococo and Neoclassical styles in architecture, sculpture and painting. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 408. Nineteenth-Century Art. 3 credits.
A study of European art (1750-1890) concentrating on Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in France. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 409. American Art. 3 credits.
A survey of American visual arts and material culture from the time of the first European settlers to the 1930s. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 410. Twentieth-Century Art. 3 credits.
A survey of European and American painting and sculpture from 1890 to the present day. Cubism and its off-shoots, Surrealism, American Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Contemporary Conceptual art and Realism are among the movements studied. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 411. American Art Since 1945. 3 credits.
A study of the many developments and trends in American art since 1945. This course will focus on major American movements and artists since World War II, with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical basis of those movements and the development of the art market during this period. Prerequisite: ARTH 206 or permission of instructor.
ARTH 412. Nineteenth and 20th-Century Architecture. 3 credits.
A study of European and American architecture from 1750 to the present day. Twentieth century architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe are emphasized. Prerequisite: ARTH 206.
*ARTH 413. Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Art. 3 credits. (Semester in Florence Only.)
A survey of Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture (1280-1550), including the works of Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Weekly visits to the Uffizi, San Marco, the Accademia and other Florentine museums.
*ARTH 414. Masterpieces of Spanish Art. 3 credits. (Semester in Salamanca Only.)
A survey of art in Spain from prehistoric cave painting through 20th-century art. Emphasis is given to 17th/18th-century Baroque and modern artists including El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Gaudi and Picasso. Visits to Altamira, the Alhambra, the Prado, Toledo, Santillana del Mar and other sites.
*ARTH 415. Masterpieces of British Architecture. 3 credits. (Semester in London Only.)
The history and theory of British architecture from prehistoric to modern times. Weekly visits to the British Museum, Hampton Court, Avebury, Bath, Chiswick, the Victoria Albert Museum and other monuments.
*ARTH 416. Masterpieces of British Art. 3 credits. (Semester in London Only.)
Survey of painting and sculpture in Britain (1530-1860) concentrating on 18th/19th-century painting. British art is viewed in the context of European civilization. Weekly visits to London museums including the Portrait Gallery, Sir John Soane's House, the Wallace Collection and the Tate Gallery.
*ARTH 417. Masterpieces of French Art. 3 credits. (Semester in Paris Only.)
A survey of French art from the Middle Ages to the modern day. Weekly visits to the major museums of Paris including the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, Cluny and Centre Pompidou.
ARTH 419. Travel Study in Art History. 1-3 credits.
Art history credit is available to students participating in formal travel study programs with an emphasis on art history. Students maintain a journal with an emphasis on their art history experiences and write a research paper. Prerequisite: Permission of program leader and art history coordinator.
ARTH/ART 489. Topics in Art and Art History. 3 credits.
Study of selected topics in art and art history. May be repeated when the course content changes. See Schedule of Classes for current topics.
ARTH/ART/GRPH 490. Independent Studies in Art or Art History or Graphic Design. 1-3 credits each semester.
Independent activity such as research or studio practice under faculty supervision. Projected studies in any area of the school's offerings must be arranged with the instructors who will direct them. (Offered only with consent of the director.)
ARTH 494. Introduction to Museum Work. 3 credits. (Cross-listed as HIST 494.)
A study of the philosophy and practice of museum work including the areas of exhibit design, conservation registration, education and administration. Subject is taught from the perspective of the museum profession and is applicable to diverse discipline and types of collections.
ARTH/ART/GRPH 495. Internship in Art or Art History or Graphic Design 1-8 credits.
An off-campus program prepared and monitored on an individual basis. Internships are designed to provide practical experience in the arts. (Offered only with the consent of the instructor and the director.) ARTH 494 is a prerequisite for internships in museums and galleries.
ARTH/ART/GRPH 499. Honors. 6 credits total for three semesters (1, 3, 2).

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University