Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Sunday, December 17, 2017, 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 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 the Islamic World

An introduction to rich artistic traditions of the Islamic world from the 7th century to the present, looking at architecture, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, film, and more. Topics include the role of art in Islam, the relationship between art and power, and the importance of cross-cultural exchange.
Units: 6.

ARHI 175: The Arts of East Asia

An introduction to artistic traditions in China, Japan, and Korea, from prehistory to the 21st century, including such objects as tomb and temple sites, gardens sculpture, calligraphy, painting, prints, and bronze and ceramic vessels. Through a balance of broader art historical readings, primary texts, scholarly essays, and focused exercises in viewing, 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 210: Early Medieval Art and Architecture

A survey of art and architecture in Europe and the eastern Mediterranean between the fourth and ninth centuries. Topics include Imperial-sponsored Christian art, the development of Byzantine art and architecture, the Celtic artistic tradition of northern Europe, and the flowering of art under the Carolingian emperors.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 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: Gothic and Northern Renaissance Art

The arts of this period are famous for their beauty and grandeur, from soaring cathedrals to delicate paintings. We will consider these beautiful works alongside historical changes within the cultural, economic, and ideological fabric of society, as well as contemporary theories about social contruction and the nature of objects.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 100 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 102 or sophomore standing

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

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 102 or sophomore standing

ARHI 242: Modern Art: 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 102 or sophomore standing

ARHI 244: 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 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 102 or sophomore standing

ARHI 270: Latin American Visual Art (in English)

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. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Spanish 426

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 lecture-discussion course will focus on the diverse artistic production and consumption within Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Topics include the revival of classical imagery, the rise of an urban bourgeois culture, the prints and paintings depicting theater and the pleasure quarters, the reification of the tea ceremony and encounters with the West through trade. Coursework will include exams and written work, and presentation.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 284
Prerequisite: ARHI 175 or sophomore standing

ARHI 285: The Transformation of the East Asian Metropole: Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai (1860-1945)

This lecture-discussion 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.” Coursework will include exams, an annotated bibliography and a paper.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 285
Prerequisite: ARHI 175 or sophomore standing

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

A study of art since 1960. Students will examine art works and the theories and strategies that have informed their production. Topics include: gender and ethnicity, new materials and processes, site-specific and time-based works, and alternative venues and approaches toward exhibition.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ARHI 102, ARHI 242, 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 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 345: Theorizing the Female Body in East Asian Art

This discussion-based course will examine how tomb murals, paintings, prints, photography, and film have addressed the female body throughout East Asian history. We will explore how social and political issues were defined and negotiated through the gendered images of bodies in Japan, Korea and China in the context of national identity formation, historical reconstruction, subjectivity and sexuality. Coursework will include exams and a research paper.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 345, Gender Studies 345
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

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.
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.
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 the history of art in Asia. Course may be repeated when topic is different.
Units: 6.
Also listed as East Asian Studies 430
Prerequisite: One course in art history numbered 200-399, or consent of instructor

ARHI 440: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art

An examination of a particular topic in modern or contemporary art history. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Fall 2017: The Art of Protest
This seminar examines creative activity that blurs traditional distinctions between socio-political expressions and art. Historically, art has both served as a catalyst for change and been deemed a distraction within more urgent social movements. These responses manifest the power of art and will guide our discussions as we think about art’s limits and its possibilities.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 200- or 300-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.

Topic for Spring 2018: The Art of Stuff
This seminar will explore the "thingness" of art by emphasizing its physicality and exploring the meanings of matter, modes of exchange and circulation, and the question of function. Art historical topics will range across multiple periods, and theoretical discussions will include Actor Network Theory, Ecocriticism, and the “New Materialisms.”

Topic for Spring 2018: Dracula and His After Images in Art and Cinema
This seminar focuses on visual and textual representations of Vlad III Dracula (1431-c. 1476), prince of Wallachia, from the mid-fifteenth century to the present. The objectives are to examine the ways in which these representations have fashioned Vlad’s likeness and reputation over the course of three centuries, and to evaluate the degree to which multiple reinterpretations of this complex historical figure have inflected twentieth- and twenty-first-century renditions of Dracula and his vampire subculture in films, TV shows, plays, novels, and comic books.
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: Methods of Art History

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 and three courses in ARHI numbered 200 or above, or consent of instructor

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, ARHI 660, 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.

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