Feb 05, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 484 - Art History

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The course provides a general overview of art history in the Western world from the age of Classical Greece to the present. The course will cover the technical terminology used to evaluate art and will examine the major periods of art history including Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Academic, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and art in the Western world since the 1960s. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the periods within the history of Western art from the Classical Age to the twentieth century
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic vocabulary of technical terms used to describe art including formal elements (line, value, color, and texture), compositional elements (balance, proportion, rhythm, and scale), space (perspective and foreshortening), and content (representation art, abstract art, nonrepresentational art, context, and iconography)
  • Apply the knowledge of the history of Western art and the knowledge of technical terms used to describe art to an analysis of the works of art in the Grohmann Museum or similar collection

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Thinking and talking about art
  • Form and formal elements in art
  • Composition and space
  • Content, context, and iconography
  • The art of Classical Greece
  • The art of Rome
  • The art of the Middle Ages
  • The art of Europe 1200-1400
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • The Northern Renaissance
  • Baroque art and architecture
  • Rococo and Neo-Classical
  • Romantic era art
  • Academic art, photography, and realism
  • Impressionism
  • Post-Impressionism and Modernism
  • Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Dadaism
  • Modern art 1919-1945
  • Post World War II art

Dr. Patrick Jung

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