ARTH 162 - Survey of Western Art I (GEKA)
A survey of the development of the visual arts of the western world, from Paleolithic times art through the late Gothic period.
Credit Hours: 3 hrs
Previously Listed As: ART107
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ARTH 162 allows students to learn the content and methodologies by which one can understand the meaning presented in the visual arts. Through lectures and discussion, students will learn the essential descriptive vocabulary of the visual arts, and how formal properties (style) shape and inform the content of a given piece of art or architecture. In addition, they will develop an ability to decode iconographic symbols and stylistic conventions that are culturally and historically specific and significant. For example, a comparison between the art of Akenaton’s kingdom and both earlier and later periods of ancient Egypt, students will see the important changes wrought in the culture and religion of the Late Kingdom. Students will also become more aware of the interrelationships among different cultures and the historical dynamics that have shaped the world and its visual expression.
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