Courses in LSA History of Art
History of Art examines the wide range of things that humanity has made and looked at and endowed with meaning – from the imposing facade of an imperial palace, to the colorful glory of stained glass or oil painting, to an artist’s intimate sketches. The discipline encompasses the study of painting, sculpture, the graphic media, and architecture, as well as an extensive variety of visual forms produced for purposes that run far afield of the traditional territory of “art” itself (advertising, say, or ritual and ceremony, or popular entertainment).
Students become conversant with the world’s cultures and develop skills in visual analysis in order to understand how images, objects and built environments communicate. They also learn to employ a broad selection of interpretive methodologies. Through careful work with original sources and a wide-ranging study of comparative cultures, our students learn to consider how art objects were understood in their own time and place, and how they continue to function in the contemporary world. In doing so, history of art students become acute observers and interpreters of the visual environment.