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Art History

Fall 2009

010. The Art of Winslow Homer
Linda Docherty T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 VAC-Picture Study
A study of Winslow Homer’s paintings, prints, and watercolors as individual and cultural expressions. Emphasis placed on learning to read works of art, to research them, to interpret them in historical context, and to write clearly and intelligently about them. Students work closely with the Homer collection in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and visit sites that the artist painted at Prout’s Neck, Maine.

100. Introduction to Art History
Susan Wegner, Pamela Fletcher, De-nin Lee
T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
  VAC - Beam Classroom
An introduction to the study of art history. Provides a chronological overview of art primarily from Western and East Asian traditions. Considers the historical context of art and its production, the role of the arts in society, problems of stylistic tradition and innovation, and points of contact and exchange between artistic traditions. Equivalent of Art History 101 as a major or minor requirement. Not open to students who have credit for Art History 101.

209. Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
Ryan Ricciardi M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25 VAC-Beam Classroom
Introduces the techniques and methods of classical archaeology as revealed through an examination of Greek material culture. Emphasis upon the major monuments and artifacts of the Greek world from prehistory to the Hellenistic age. Architecture, sculpture, fresco painting, and other “minor arts” are examined at such sites as Knossos, Mycenae, Athens, Delphi, and Olympia. Considers the nature of this archaeological evidence and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as art history, history, and classics. Assigned reading supplements illustrated presentations of the major archaeological finds of the Greek world.

214. The Gothic World
Stephen Perkinson M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 VAC-Beam Classroom
Introduces students to art produced in Europe and the Mediterranean from the twelfth through the early fifteenth centuries. Following a general chronological sequence, investigates the key artistic monuments of this period in a variety of media, including architecture, painting, manuscript illumination, stained glass, sculpture, and the decorative arts. Explores a particular theme in each class meeting through the close analysis of a single monument or closely related set of monuments. Provides students with a conceptual framework that allows them to interpret both the monuments addressed in class, as well as those that they may encounter in their future studies.

222. The Art of Renaissance Italy
Susan Wegner M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 VAC-Beam Classroom
A survey of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Italy in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, with emphasis on major masters: Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Michelangelo.

242. Nineteenth-Century European Art
Linda Docherty T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 VAC-Beam Classroom
Painting and sculpture in Western Europe from 1750 to 1900 with emphasis on France, England, and Germany. Individual artists are studied in the context of movements that dominated the century: neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, post-impressionism, and symbolism. The influence of art criticism, the relationship between art and society, and the emergence of the avant-garde in this period are also discussed.

272. The Arts of Japan
De-nin Lee M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 VAC-Beam Classroom
Surveys ritual objects, sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative arts in Japan from the Neolithic to the modern period. Topics include ceramic forms and grave goods, the adaptation of Chinese models, arts associated with Shinto and Buddhist religions, narrative painting, warrior culture, the tea ceremony, woodblock prints and popular arts, modernization and the avant-garde. Formerly Art History 219.

315. Art at the Late Medieval Courts
Stephen Perkinson M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 VAC-Picture Study
In the late Middle Ages, the aristocratic courts of northern Europe commissioned some of the most spectacular works of art ever created. Rulers built massive palaces with walls hung with tapestries, commissioned sculptures, and paintings to decorate their castles and chapels, displayed their wealth with fashions and jewelry, and purchased manuscripts with illuminations that projected a mythic vision of noble culture. Explores the connections between art and political power in this period, tracing objects as they moved from the studios of their creators and passed through the hands of the individuals who exchanged them as gifts or amassed them in collections. Also discusses how art defined social roles, dividing society into groups according to gender and class. In addition to reading a number of important art historical studies, students examine a handful of literary texts that help reconstruct the visual culture of the courts.

358. Modern Art in Great Britain: Pre-Raphaelitism to Vorticism
Pamela Fletcher T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 VAC-Picture Study
Examines the history of modern art in Great Britain from 1848 to 1914, focusing on the multiple meanings the “modern” had for visual artists. What difference does it make to our understanding of modernity to map its contours across London rather than Paris? How did modern artists engage with or challenge the narrative tradition that largely defined the visual arts in Britain? How did Britain’s commercial art market support or suppress new forms of art making and viewing? Topics covered include the Pre-Raphaelites, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Aestheticism, the Camden Town Group, Bloomsbury, and Vorticism.