900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course is the third of a three-semester study intended to introduce the major monuments and themes of Western art and architecture. It explores the cultures of Western Europe from the Baroque period to the twentieth century with some attention paid to American developments of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Course emphasis is on painting. Discussion focuses on how the art of the period 1600-1900 was created and viewed; how it functioned in relation to society, politics and (though less persistently than before) religion; how meaning is inherent in both style and subject matter; how power is invested in painting; and how these important monuments affect us today.
Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts; Thinking Historically