Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Friday, October 18, 2019, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

ARHI 100: Survey of Western Art I: Ancient to Medieval

An introductory survey of the art and architecture of the ancient Near East and of Europe from the Prehistoric through the Gothic periods and an introduction to methods of viewing art in its historical and cultural context.
Units: 6.

ARHI 101: Introduction to Art History

This lecture course aims to develop skills in the critical analysis of a wide range of visual materials. Issues and problems in the making, exhibition, and understanding of images and objects will be explored through lectures, classroom discussion of key works, critical reading of primary and secondary sources, and visits to the Wriston Print Study Rooom. Students will be assessed through exams and writing assignments.
Units: 6.

ARHI 102: Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance to Modern

An introductory survey of the art and architecture of Europe and North America from the Renaissance to the Modern era. Particular emphasis on viewing works of art and architecture within their historical and cultural context.
Units: 6.

ARHI 130: Art of Islamic Cultures

This course introduces students to the rich artistic traditions generated by Islamic cultures from the 7th century onward. While considering the Umayyad, Abbasid, Ilkhanid, and Mughal dynasties, among others, we examine architecture, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, ceramics, and more. A broad selection of readings and activities supplements class discussions on themes that include the role of art in Islam, relationships between art and power, and the importance of cross-cultural exchange.
Units: 6.

ARHI 135: Temples and Togas: Arts of the Ancient World

This introductory class examines the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, spanning from the Minoans on Crete to the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum. Students will learn about the progression of styles, functions, and historical meanings of these objects as they are introduced to basic art historical methods.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Classics 135

ARHI 175: The Arts of East Asia

An introduction to artistic traditions in China, Japan, and Korea, from prehistory to the 21st century, including tomb and temple sites, gardens, calligraphy, ink painting, woodblock prints, tea ceremony vessels, and contemporary art. Through a balance of broader art historical readings, primary texts, scholarly essays, and close-looking at objects, students will explore how an object’s visual and material properties contribute to its function.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 175

ARHI 191: Directed Study in Art History

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 195: Internship in Art History

Applied work in art history arranged and carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Students might work for a gallery, museum, archive, auction house, a publication, or visual resource database. The academic internship is supplemented with readings, discussions, and assignments. The course grade will be based on submitted work evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 200: Archaic and Classical Greek Art

A study of Greek art and architecture to the end of the fourth century B.C. Topics include the great sanctuaries at Olympia, Delphi, and Athens; the development of mythological narrative in sculpture and vase painting; the political and propagandistic function of Greek art; and the beginning of portraiture.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Classics 340
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing

ARHI 202: From Alexander to Kleopatra: Art of the Hellenistic Age

A study of Greek and Greek-influenced art from the time of Alexander the Great to the Roman conquest of Egypt in 31 B.C. Topics include portraiture and the royal iconography of the Hellenistic rulers, the development of regional styles in sculpture, and the influence of the Romans as patrons.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Classics 345
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing

ARHI 204: Roman Art

A study of the art and architecture of the Etruscans and the Romans to the end of the Roman empire. Topics include the funerary arts of the Etruscans, the art and archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum, developments in imperial portraiture and historical relief, technological innovations in architecture, and the beginnings of Christian art.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Classics 350
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing

ARHI 205: Vikings to Vaultings: Art and Architecture of Medieval Northern Cultures

This course examines the art and architecture associated with cultures from northern Europe from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries. Beginning with pre-Christian Germanic, Celtic, and Scandinavian examples, we will examine how these groups responded artistically to conversion, Latinity, the impact of Mediterranean traditions, and the establishment of new kingdoms throughout the long medieval millennium.
Units: 6.

ARHI 210: Early Medieval Art and Architecture

This course explores the art and architecture of early medieval cultures between the third and the tenth centuries. From Mediterranean Christianity influenced by the Roman Empire to pagan Germanic and Scandinavian peoples of the North Seas, we examine architecture, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, woodwork, stone sculpture, and textiles to gain a better sense of these cultures and artistic traditions. Primary and secondary source readings and assignments focusing on objects such as the Wriston Coin Collection supplement class discussions on the ongoing impact of the classical world, ritual and devotion, the natural environment, power, gender, and cross-cultural interactions.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 211: Splendor & Power: Byzantine Art

Surveys the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire, including mosaics, metalwork, icons, manuscripts, textiles, and other arts. Emphasizes the transition from classical Roman society, the patronage of Byzantine political figures, the profound importance of religion for the arts, and international contacts, especially with western Europe and the Islamic world.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing

ARHI 213: Glass, Gold, and Glory: Gothic Art and Architecture

The term “Gothic” as it is applied to European art and architecture from the mid-twelfth to the fifteenth century carries a wide range of connotations. In examining the inventive architecture, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork, wall-paintings and textiles from these centuries, this class will compare the implications historically ascribed to “Gothic” with the ideas promoted by the cultures and individuals creating and using these inspired objects.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing

ARHI 215: Parchment, Power, and Play: Art of the Medieval Manuscript

Medieval manuscripts offer extraordinarily immediate, hands-on access to the art, ideas, actions, and people of the long Middle Ages. Their pages, filled with epic literature, devout (and sometimes less than devout) prayers, scientific treatises, philosophical essays, law codes, and more, offer glimpses of a world long past and yet, sometimes, surprisingly familiar. This class examines masterful and mundane manuscripts made from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries as a means of introducing students both to the diverse and fascinating world of the Middle Ages and to their creative practices. Visits to regional collections to examine actual manuscripts and work with digitized libraries will supplement class discussions on topics including materials and production, the word made flesh, and subversive marginalia.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 220: Art of the Italian Renaissance

A study of the art and architecture of Italy from the late 13th century until the early 16th century. Topics include patronage and the art market, the revival and influence of the antique, theories of perspective and design, and changes in the status of the artist.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 225: Music in the Monastery

This course examines intersections of music and art in pre- and early-modern monasteries. Students will gain facility analyzing visual and musical traditions as we explore themes such as the cosmos and community, gender, and the Christian body politic. Students will learn about varied disciplinary approaches to chant and polyphony, architecture and sculpture, the politics of enclosure, and practices of faith and spirituality, among other topics.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Musicology 225
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing.

ARHI 240: From Romanticism to Post-Impressionism: Art of the 19th Century

A study of the development of 19th-century European art that traces the emergence of movements such as Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism. Readings and class discussion consider how political instability, industrialization, imperialism, and the growth of popular culture influenced production, style, and presentation of painting and sculpture.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 242: Art of the Avant-Garde: 1900-1960

A study of 20th-century European and American art that traces the emergence of movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. The shifting meanings of art, artistic production, and the definition of the term “artist” are considered against the massive political and social changes of the time period.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 244: Representing Identity in American Art

An examination of American art, 1776-1940. This course considers the growth of landscape, genre, and history painting, as well as portraiture, in the context of changing ideas about nationalism, class, race, and gender. Architecture and sculpture are also discussed in terms of how visual culture shaped early ideas about nationhood.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 102 or sophomore standing

ARHI 246: 19th-Century Art, Design, and Society in Britain

In the 19th century, Britain was at the height of her imperial and industrial powers, with a burgeoning middle class with increased spending power. Against this background, this course examines the painting (including Turner, Constable, the Pre-Raphaelites, the High Victorians), architecture, furniture, and interiors of the period, utilizing the wealth of examples in London’s museums, galleries, and buildings. Offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

ARHI 247: Art Now: Contemporary Art in London

This seminar will introduce students to the historical framework and theoretical tools to critically experience and examine the practices of contemporary British art through site visits to London museums, galleries, and studios. Students will explore such topics as: British and global identity, art as instruments of socio-political change, art reception, the changing gallery system, the global art market, DIY practices, and new media and technology. Offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

ARHI 248: London's Built Environment: 600 Years of Architecture

This seminar will examine the rich architectural history of London. Through case studies, students will acquire an understanding of architectural vocabulary, historical periods and styles, and how humans have constructed and interacted with sacred and secular spaces, examples of which include St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Neasden Temple, the Barbican, 2 Willow Road, and the Serpentine Galleries. Offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

ARHI 250: History of Photography

Introduction to photography’s histories, from early attempts to fix light and shadows to the diverse digital practices of the present. Topics will include: social, scientific, and artistic uses of photography; theoretical and critical writings on photography and its place in our visual culture; and major figures, movements, and images.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 272: African-American Art

Beginning with the late eighteenth century and concluding with art today, this course examines African-American history through visual culture. We will examine how race relations in the United States were and are constructed through an examination of painting, sculpture, public monuments, photography, advertising, and performance.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 290
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 275: Latin American Visual Art

The course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Spanish 425
Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

ARHI 284: The Spectacle of Edo Japan

This course will focus on the diverse artistic production and consumption practices within Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Topics include the revival of classical Heian narratives like The Tale of Genji, the rise of an urban bourgeois culture, the prints and paintings depicting kabuki actors, courtesans, and ghosts, the reification of the tea ceremony and encounters with the West through trade.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 284
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or 175 or sophomore standing

ARHI 285: The Transformation of the Modern City: Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai (1860-1945)

This course explores the transformation of the cityscape in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai. Topics include the emergence of the modern artist, the search for an “avant-garde” of the East, the modernization of public and private spaces, the introduction of film and photography and the rise of the “modern girl.”
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 285
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or 175 or sophomore standing

ARHI 286: The Politics of Power in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art

Over the past century, China has witnessed the arrival of Western Imperialism, mass rebellion, revolution, and radical reconstruction under the Communist regime. This class will trace how artists attempted to intervene in social life to change its course of development and how art continues to affect radical social change.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 286
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or 175 or sophomore standing

ARHI 301: Topics in Ancient Art

An examination of a particular topic in ancient art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. May be repeated when topic the is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 400 with the same topic.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or consent of instructor

ARHI 305: Medieval Ecologies: Art, Nature, and the Environment

This class investigates intersections among people, arts, and the environment in European regions during the Middle Ages (c. 400-1400). Readings draw broadly from primary sources in translation, ecocritical studies, and environmental histories and dovetail with close examinations of images, objects, monuments, and sites across varied medieval landscapes. We question what constitutes medieval ecologies and consider their profound relevance for today's world.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 305

ARHI 315: Introduction to the Art Museum: History, Issues, and Practices

Introduction to art museums and exhibitions as objects of critical inquiry, and to issues and practices in the art museum field. Topics will include: history and evolution of collecting and display; museum exhibitions and knowledge formation; collection practices and ethics; exhibition theory and design; controversies, institutional critique, and the artist-as-curator.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 315
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 320: Contemporary Art: Critical Questions in Art Today

A study of art since 1960. Students will examine a diverse range of art works and the theories and strategies that have informed their production and exhibition. Students will learn about how artists today respond to such issues as gender, racial and ethnic identity, globalization, market capitalism, and new media and technology.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or sophomore standing

ARHI 321: Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Art

An examination of a particular toic in mideival and reanssance art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 420 with the same topic.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or consent of instructor

ARHI 325: Ethics in Archaeology: Who owns the past?

An exploration of ethical and legal concerns surrounding archaeology: the ownership and treatment of archaeological remains and relations between archaeologists and descendent communities. Topics include the ethics and legality of collecting looting, and the antiquities market; archaeology and nationalism; repatriation of skeletons and artifacts; and professional responsibilities of archaeologists.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Anthropology 328, Classics 368
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ANTH 120, an ARHI course (preferably ancient to Renaissance), or consent of instructor

ARHI 330: Seminar: Portraiture

This course explores definitions of portraiture and surveys the history of portraiture from antiquity to the present. Topics will include the ruler portrait, the self-portrait, the group portrait, photography and portraiture, and portraiture and modernism.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or ARHI 102

ARHI 331: Topics in East Asian Art

An examination of a particular topic in East Asian art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 430.

Topic for Spring 2020: Modern Ruins in East Asia
In examining modern catastrophes—acts of war, iconoclasm, natural and man-made disasters, this seminar will focus on how sites of modern ruination have been both documented and aestheticized. Individual case studies will include the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, wartime reportage, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, protest imagery, the demotion of colonial architecture, and environmental art dealing with the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Three Gorges Dam.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 331
Prerequisite: One 200-level course in art history or consent of instructor

ARHI 333: Global Modernisms

This course aims to interrogate the Eurocentric prejudices of the art history discipline and consider instead the concept of multiple modernities. Readings and assignments will focus on expanding art historical, curatorial, digital practices. Students will put these ideas into practice by curating and designing a virtual exhibition using the OMEKA online platform to examine how art continues to circulate in a global context. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 433.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or consent of instructor

ARHI 335: Faith and Power in Mediterranean Cities

This course examines the complex histories of buildings and urban landscapes around the Mediterranean, emphasizing how religious and political structures transformed them from the Classical world, through Christian and Islamic empires, and down to modern nation states. The city of Istanbul will be a central focus, though case studies from other cities will be introduced.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Religious Studies 365
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 341: Topics in Contemporary and Modern Art

An examination of a particular topic in modern and/or contemporary art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 440.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 200-level course in art history or consent of instructor

ARHI 345: Theorizing the Female Body in East Asian Art

This course explores how the female body and the gendering of space has been addressed in murals, paintings, performance, film, and popular culture during the course of East Asian art history. We will discuss how social and political issues were defined through images of bodies in Japan, Korea, and China in the context of national identity formation, historical reconstruction, subjectivity, and sexuality. Students will also work to develop and refine the quality of their communication skills by presenting and debating their ideas throughout the course.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 345, Gender Studies 345
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 381: Topics in Art History

An examination of a particular topic in art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research thorugh a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received credit or need to receive credit for ARHI 480.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or consent of instructor

ARHI 390: Tutorial Studies in Art History

Tutorials for advanced students in art history. Apply to the instructor at least one term in advance with a written proposal and a preliminary bibliography.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 391: Directed Study in Art History

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 395: Internship in Art History

Applied work in art history arranged and carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Students might work for a gallery, museum, archive, auction house, a publication, or visual resource database. The academic internship is supplemented with readings, discussions, and assignments. The course grade will be based on submitted work evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 399: Independent Study in Art History

Advanced study for students doing honors projects in art history.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 400: Topics in Ancient Art

An examination of a particular topic in ancient art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 301 with the same topic.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Classics 540
Prerequisite: One 200- or 300-level course in art history, one course in classics, or consent of the instructor.

ARHI 420: Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Art

An examination of a particular topic in medieval or Renaissance art history. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 420 with the same topic.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 200- or 300-level course in art history, or consent of the instructor

ARHI 430: Topics in Asian Art

An examination of a particular topic in East Asian art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 331.

Topic for Spring 2020: Modern Ruins in East Asia
In examining modern catastrophes—acts of war, iconoclasm, natural and man-made disasters, this seminar will focus on how sites of modern ruination have been both documented and aestheticized. Individual case studies will include the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, wartime reportage, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, protest imagery, the demotion of colonial architecture, and environmental art dealing with the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Three Gorges Dam.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 430
Prerequisite: One 200-level course in art history or consent of instructor

ARHI 433: Global Modernisms

This course aims to interrogate the Eurocentric prejudices of the art history discipline and consider instead the concept of multiple modernities. Readings and assignments will focus on expanding art historical, curatorial, digital practices. Students will put these ideas into practice by curating and designing a virtual exhibition using the OMEKA online platform to examine how art continues to circulate in a global context and by writing a research paper. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 333.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or consent of instructor

ARHI 440: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art

An examination of a particular topic in modern or contemporary art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research, culminating in a research paper. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when topic is different. Not open to students who have previous received credit for ARHI 341.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 200-level course in art history or consent of instructor

ARHI 480: Topics in Art History

An examination of a particular topic in art history that does not fit the chronological format of the other 400-level topics seminars in art history. Course may be repeated when topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received credit or need to receive credit for ARHI 381.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 200- or 300-level course in art history or consent of instructor

ARHI 590: Tutorial Studies in Art History

Tutorials for advanced students in art history. Apply to the instructor at least one term in advance with a written proposal and a preliminary bibliography.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 591: Directed Study In Art History

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 595: Internship in Art History

Applied work in art history arranged and carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Students might work for a gallery, museum, archive, auction house, a publication, or visual resource database. The academic internship is supplemented with readings, discussions, and assignments. The course grade will be based on submitted work evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 599: Independent Study in Art History

Advanced study for students doing honors projects in art history.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 660: Critical Theories in Visual and Material Culture

This course will examine the theories and methods practiced in art history. It will concentrate on key texts, from antiquity to the present, relating to the history and criticism of art and visual culture. Readings will include authors and texts that have come to define the discipline, and more recent authors who have begun to challenge those defining texts.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing

ARHI 680: Senior Research Seminar

A senior seminar in which students will conduct research on a topic of their choice and produce a substantive original paper in which they demonstrate their ability to comprehend the scholarly literature on the topic, to subject it to appropriate methods of analysis, and to present the results in well-written and professionally documented form. Open to students who, having completed a 400-level art history course, have previously investigated a research topic that will serve as the foundation for their work in this course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, and one 400-level art history course or consent of the instructor

ARHI 690: Tutorial Studies in Art History

Tutorials for advanced students in art history. Apply to the instructor at least one term in advance with a written proposal and a preliminary bibliography.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 691: Directed Study in Art History

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ARHI 695: Internship in Art History

Applied work in art history arranged and carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Students might work for a gallery, museum, archive, auction house, a publication, or visual resource database. The academic internship is supplemented with readings, discussions, and assignments. The course grade will be based on submitted work evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ARHI 699: Independent Study in Art History

Advanced study for students doing honors projects in art history.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.