ARTH 200/3-A - Perspectives of Art History
INSTRUCTOR: THOMAS STRICKLAND and CAROLINE BEAUDOIN
This year-long course introduces students to the broad sweep of Western art, from the paleolithic to modern eras. It seeks to help students develop their skills of visual analysis, their ability to recognize art of different periods and styles, and their understanding of how these relate to each other and to broader social and historical contexts. While the course is canonical - introducing students to a chronologically ordered body of objects often considered to exemplify the development of Western art - it also engages with recent trends in art history that have challenged the supremacy of this model. Students will thus have the opportunity to learn from the canon while developing an awareness of its limitations.
This introductory course is open to all students but it is taught with art history majors in mind and is a core component of the art history undergraduate degree. It provides an opportunity to establish a fundamental knowledge base that can serve as a point of departure for further study. This base comprises both factual information and analytical ability.