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Art History

Fall 2010

017. Inventing Places: Art and Travel
Katherine Worthing T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Examines the creation, evolution, and marketing of tourist locales through works of art. Focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries and includes study of travel literature as well as paintings, prints, photographs, and advertisements. Artistic constructions of place to be considered include the primitive Maine coast, the romantic Scottish Highlands, and the exotic Ottoman Empire. Representations of both landscape and people will be explored. Students will work with original objects at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

100. Introduction to Art History
Linda Docherty T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
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.

210. Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Ryan Ricciardi M  11:30 - 12:25
W  11:30 - 12:25
F  11:30 - 12:25
Surveys the material culture of Roman society, from Italy’s prehistory and the origins of the Roman state through its development into a cosmopolitan empire, and concludes with the fundamental reorganization during the late third and early fourth centuries of our era. Lectures explore ancient sites such as Rome, Pompeii, Athens, Ephesus, and others around the Mediterranean. Emphasis upon the major monuments and artifacts of the Roman era: architecture, sculpture, fresco painting, and other “minor arts.” 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 Roman world.

232. Art in the Age of Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio
Susan Wegner M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
The art of seventeenth-century Europe. Topics include the revolution in painting carried out by Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, and their followers in Rome; the development of these trends in the works of Rubens, Bernini, Georges de la Tour, Poussin, and others; and the rise of an independent school of painting in Holland. Connections between art, religious ideas, and political conditions are stressed.

243. Modern Architecture: 1750 to 2000
Jill Pearlman M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Examines major buildings, architects, architectural theories, and debates during the modern period, with a strong emphasis on Europe through 1900, and both the United States and Europe in the twentieth century. Central issues of concern include architecture as an important carrier of historical, social, and political meaning; changing ideas of history and progress in built form; and the varied architectural responses to industrialization. Attempts to develop students’ visual acuity and ability to interpret architectural form while exploring these and other issues.

262. American Art I: Colonial Period to the Civil War
Linda Docherty T  8:30 - 9:55
TH 8:30 - 9:55
A survey of American architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts from their colonial origins through their development into a distinctive national tradition. Emphasis is placed on understanding American art in its historical context. Field trips to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and environs of architectural interest.

318. Displaying Devotion
Stephen Perkinson T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
The first part of the class will identify and develop our themes through a broad study of late medieval devotional art and a more focused study of the sculptures that will appear in the traveling exhibition. The second part of the class will then identify a range of artworks from a variety of times and cultures for display in our own exhibition. Students will curate an exhibition at the Museum of Art, to complement a major traveling exhibition of late medieval sculpture (with both shows opening at the museum in the spring semester). The student-curated show will exhibit works from a variety of time periods and cultures that connect thematically with works in the medieval sculpture show. The student-curated show will thus provide a visual introduction to, and explication of, the traveling show of medieval sculpture.

332. Painting and Society in Spain: El Greco to Goya
Susan Wegner M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Focuses on painting in Spain from the fifteenth century to the early nineteenth century, with special emphasis on the works of El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. Examines art in the light of Spanish society, particularly the institutions of the church and Spanish court. Considers Spanish mysticism, popular custom, and Enlightenment ideals as expressed in or critiqued by art. Readings in the Bible, Spanish folklore, artistic theory, and artists’ biographies.