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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Art and Art History: Art History

ARTH 215 (IT; TH) Monuments and Themes of Western Art History I: Prehistoric to Gothic (1)

This course is the first part of a three-semester study intended to introduce the major monuments and themes of Western art and architecture. It covers the period from approximately 25,000 BCE to about 1300 CE and explores the cultures of Prehistoric Europe, the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Etruria, Rome and Byzantium, as well as Early Christian and Medieval Europe. Special attention will be paid to how art was created and viewed; how art functioned in relation to society and religion; how meaning is inherent in both style and subject matter; how power is invested in painting, sculpture and architecture; and how these important monuments affect us today.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts; Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Annually
  • Professor: Nicgorski