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lesser extent) his works’ influence on contemporane- ous and subsequent artists is analyzed through read- ings, discussions, research and writings.


ARTH 708 Issues in Art History This seminar examines the issues, cultures and art- ists that influence art history. Independent learning is encouraged as discussion and research skills are developed. Various relevant methodologies in the field are examined, such as stylistic analysis, iconographical interpretations, revisionist art historical trends, and primary source material and its validity. Prerequisite(s): Permission of professor.


ARTH 708D Reflections on Art History in Visual Culture: Ancient Rome Ancient Rome has long been the inspiration for major films in the U.S. and abroad. This seminar examines the evidence of visual culture and the role of art history in producing such cinematic vehicles. Students also specifically address spectacle and propaganda as the major Roman legacies preserved in the genre of film.


ARTH 710 Issues in Contemporary Art This seminar examines the issues, cultures and artists that influence contemporary art. Independent learning is encouraged as discussion and research skills are developed. Various relevant methodologies in the field are examined, such as stylistic analysis, iconographical interpretations, revisionist art historical trends, and primary source material and its validity. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the the professor.


ARTH 710E Issues in Contemporary Art History: Post WW II Photography— Critical and Theoretical Approaches Covering the history of photography from roughly 1950 to the present, students examine major photographic movements, styles, critics, and theoretical perspec- tives. The focus is on the rich and varied critical and theoretical discourse circulating between photographs, or images using photography, and the texts which helped frame the most significant contributions to contemporary photography. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 701.


ARTH 711 Issues in Modern Art This seminar examines the issues, cultures and artists that influenced modern art. Independent learning is encouraged as discussion and research skills are developed. Various relevant methodologies in the field are examined, such as stylistic analysis, iconographical interpretations, revisionist art historical trends, and primary source material and its validity. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the professor.


ARTH 713 The Pre-Raphaelite Movement This is a seminar course examining painting, prints, and design associated with the Pre-Raphaelite move- ment. Students read one or more readings that serve as the basis for discussion and debate for each class, as well as expose students to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. There often be short lecture components for the purpose of putting the material into context.


ARTH 714 Great Masters’ Materials and Techniques By exploring the physical character of paintings, manu- scripts and stained-glass windows by northern and southern European artists from 1100 to 1660, students in this course understand how, and with what materials and techniques, artists created works of art. Through the study of antique treatises and recipe books uncov- ering artists’ materials and techniques, as well as recent information revealed through scientific examination and conservation science, students gain insight into creative and technical processes of the masters.


ARTH 715 Native American Materials and Techniques With a dual emphasis on historical and cultural con- texts, this course examines the technique and practice of the various artistic and craft traditions of native North America.


ARTH 718 Issues in Medieval Art and Architecture This seminar examines the issues, cultures and artists that influenced medieval art. Independent learning


is encouraged as discussion and research skills are developed. Various relevant methodologies in the field are examined, such as stylistic analysis, iconographical interpretations, revisionist art historical trends, and primary source material and its validity. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the professor.


ARTH 719 Issues in Ancient Art and Architecture This seminar examines the issues, cultures and art- ists that influenced ancient art. Independent learning is encouraged as discussion and research skills are developed. Various relevant methodologies in the field are examined, such as stylistic analysis, iconographical interpretations, revisionist art historical trends, and primary source material and its validity. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the professor.


ARTH 719F Art and Architecture in Ancient Egypt Pyramids Ancient Egypt and its pyramids have rep- resented the apex in world architectural achievement since antiquity. This seminar examines the chronologi- cal development of the form, its functional synthesis in ancient Egyptian culture, and its transmission as an emblem for Egyptianization through time.


ARTH 726 Medieval Manuscripts The medieval manuscript provided artists with the most important venue for painting for over 1200 years. Students learn how and why they were made by exploring production practices and patronage. The socio-historical context under which these fine works were created is also a significant component of this course.


ARTH 737 Egyptian Art and Archaeology This course examines the artistic contribution of the ancient Egyptian civilization over a chronological continuum of more than three millennia, from the predynastic cultures in the north and south through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Special attention is given to the current archaeological discoveries in Egypt, the importance of hieroglyphs in understanding Egyptian art and the impact of Egypt throughout the history of Western art.


ARTH 749 Native American Art II This course is an investigation into the artistic tradi- tions of native North America, including the regions of the Plateau, Great Plains, Great Basin, California and the American Southwest. This course covers content, context, style, technique and the role of art in these diverse cultures.


ARTH 750 Roman Art and Archaeology This course examines the principal monuments of the Roman world and the archaeological practices that have brought them to light. The course examines painting, sculpture, architecture and material culture and how these cultural manifestations reflect social, political and aesthetic attitudes in the ancient world.


ARTH 753 Women in Art This course surveys women’s involvement in and relationship to the visual arts from antiquity through postmodernism, including the factors that influenced women’s participation in art and architecture in vari- ous eras.


ARTH 755 Art and Architectural Treasures of the Vatican This course concentrates on the historical develop- ment of major art and architectural monuments at the Vatican. Topics include such themes as the Vatican area in classical times, the Vatican cemetery, the Petrine tradition, Constantine’s church, New St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Stanze, and the Vatican gardens and museum collections.


ARTH 756 Art and Spirituality The late 19th century and early 20th century wit- nessed the development of consciously abstracted and deliberately spiritual approaches to painting and sculpture in Europe. The most important styles, groups and artists of this trend include Symbolism, Nabis, Der Blaue Reiter, Suprematism, Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. This course explores art and aesthetic development in their historical context.


ARTH 763 History of Prints This course follows the historical development of printmaking media and its most significant artists. Students are expected to develop the skills necessary to recognize the different media and to use the specific terminology of printmaking.


ARTH 764 Rock Art: Legacy of Lascaux This course provides a comprehensive study of rock painting and rock carving sites around the world. Site studies from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania ad the Americas are discussed, along with contemporary issues in the field, such as site preservation.


ARTH 767 Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture This course examines the major developments in the visual arts from 313 A.D. to the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Works of painting, sculpture, luxury arts and architecture are analyzed in terms of style and meaning (iconography), with an emphasis on the social and historical context in which these monuments were produced.


ARTH 772 French Impressionism This course explores the ideas and images of French Impressionism. Students are introduced to the styles and artistic objectives of the major French Impres- sionist artists, their use of specific media and their techniques. The course also addresses social, artistic and individual influences on each artist and their impact on the artist’s work. Students are expected to acquire and utilize research methodologies employed in art historical analysis.


ARTH 773 Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture of Mesoamerica This course explores the art and architecture of the major civilizations of Mesoamerica, including the Olmec, Teotihuacanos, Toltec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Aztec, and Mayan peoples. Major architectural monuments dating from 1200 BC to AD1520, sculpture, painting, manuscripts, fiber arts, ceramics, and metalwork are be discussed in terms of content, historical and social context, style, form, and the role of art in their respec- tive cultures.


ARTH 774 African Art: Beyond the Object This course explores the philosophical foundations of traditional African art and culture, including an in-depth analysis of fundamental concepts including human origins, the socialization process and the spiri- tual world. The course examines the place of African art at different levels of the African “life cycle” and the social, political, religious and historical contexts of the works that serve every segment of that cycle.


ARTH 775 Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture of Peru This course explores the art and architecture of the major civilizations of Peru. Major architectural monu- ments dating from 2700 B.C. to A.D. 1532, sculpture, painting, fiber arts, ceramics and metalwork are discussed in terms of content, historical and social context, style, form and the role of art in their respec- tive cultures.


ARTH 779F Graduate Field Internship Students in this course undertake a field assign- ment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good aca- demic standing.


ARTH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship Students in this course undertake a teaching assign- ment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good aca- demic standing.


ARTH 781 Special Topics in Art History The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each course focuses on various issues in the field of art history.


ARTH 788 Art History M.A. Thesis Students enrolled in the art history M.A. program are required to complete a thesis demonstrating knowl- edge of the methods and theories in the discipline.


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