Course // Introduction to Art History: Ancient through Medieval, St. Catherine University
Art History 1100 | St. Catherine University
This course is an introduction to the history of Western art from prehistory through the Middle Ages. Beginning with the cave paintings of prehistoric France and Spain, this course surveys the visual arts and architecture of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East, the Classical Greek and Roman worlds, and finally medieval Europe. It considers a variety of media (sculpture, pottery, wall painting, mosaics, and manuscripts as well as architecture) as meaningful expressions of their historical contexts. Questions surrounding how art and architecture function in society are explored throughout, and the basic principles of visual analysis are taught and utilized.
(Artwork: A Seated Statue of Hatshepsut, ca. 1473-1450 BCE [Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III, New Kingdom]. Red Granite. Western Thebes, Egypt. Currently located in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, Netherlands. Photograph by Rob Koopman; CC BY-SA 2.0)