Courses

Our art history courses acquaint students with fundamental knowledge about the history of western art, the changing relationships between art and society, and the myriad kinds of visual texts that surround us in our everyday lives.

Faculty introduce students to basic art historical concepts and forms of evidence, and help them develop the skills they need to analyze critically both artistic works and images themselves, and interpretations of them.

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AAH 1101 - History West Art: Ancient - Med

Art and architecture in Europe, the Mediterranean (esp. Greece and Rome), and the Middle East in prehistoric, ancient, and medieval periods, with introduction to issues and themes of art history. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1102 - History West Art: Renaissance - Cont

This survey of Western Art History covers paintings, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance period to the present. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1103 - Visual Arts in US 1607-1876

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture created in the present-day United States, from the founding of Jamestown to the great Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1104 - Visual Arts in US 1877-Present

A study of painting, sculpture, and architecture done in the United States since the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition from Thomas Eakins Gross Clinic, to great contemporary artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Frank Gehry, and Jeff Koons. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Cultural Studies, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1903 - Internship Elective

An internship in an elective area of concentration. Credit Hours: 3,Attributes: Art & Art History

 

AAH 2000 - Ancient Art

The artistic contributions of the ancient societies of Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome placed within appropriate cultural contexts. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2001 - Medieval Art

European and Mediterranean art and architecture from the late Roman Empire to the 14th C with emphasis on the social, religious, and political contexts of visual production. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2002 - Early Renaissance Art in Italy

Italian art and architecture from 1300-1480, investigation of the political, religious and social contexts of the visual productions of artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio, Mantegna, and Botticelli. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2003 - Age of Rembrandt & Bernini

Major works of European painting, sculpture, and architecture from the seventeenth through mid-eighteenth centuries. Special emphasis on how historical events affected the production of artistic monuments. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2004 - Modern Art

An examination of the visual arts since 1900 that emphasizes their historical roots and present social significance. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2005 - Modern Architecture

Notable buildings and architects in the last hundred years including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Antoni Gaudi, LeCorbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Robert Venturi, I.M. Pei, Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson, and Frank Gehry. Emphasis on the influence of modern technology on the practice of architecture. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2007 - History of Western Architecture

Development of architectural styles from the Gothic to the contemporary, with emphasis on the modern period. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2008 - The Renaissance City

The role of art in the development of Italian Renaissance cities, particularly Siena. The impact of humanism and antiquity. The creation of urban identity. The imitation of ancient Roman public and domestic architecture. The renewal of classical urban planning. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2009 - Contemporary Art

Artistic movements and artists around the world from the 1960s to the present; Pop Art, Minimalism, Neo-expressionism, Arte Povera, Graffitti Art, and Performance Art, from Warhol to Wyeth to Haring and Koons. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2012 - High Renaissance Art in Italy

Italian art and architecture from 1480 to 1550. Investigation of stylistic, political, and social contexts of art. The idea of Mannerism and artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2993 - Internship

Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History

 

AAH 3001 - Women in Art

Themes and images of women in the visual arts as an expression of the needs, desires, and attitudes of society; and a study of women artists from ancient times to the present, with regard to how being female may, or may not, have affected their work. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement, Gender and Women's Studies

 

AAH 3002 - Art of Philadelphia

Philadelphia's unique contribution to American painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the early Swedish and Welsh settlers of the Delaware Valley, to Andrew Wyeth and Robert Venturi. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3003 - Romantic to Post-Impress

Nineteenth century painting and sculpture in Europe and America, focusing on Cezanne, Courbet, Delacroix, Goya, Eakins, Homer, Manet, Monet, Rodin, and West. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3005 - Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Culture

A critical survey of themes and issues relating to the construction of gender and sexuality as visualized, produced, and expressed in and through art and visual culture. Focused on the United States and Europe from the fifteenth century to the present, topics include, among others, women artists, the gaze, feminist art and art history, queer identities and art, and recent controversies involving censorship and art. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Fine Arts, Diversity Requirement 2

 

AAH 3007 - The Art of Ireland

The visual arts in Ireland concentrating on the Golden Age from the 5th to the 9th C, architecture of the early monastic settlements, manuscript illumination and its influence, and the cultural impact of the Irish forms of monasticism. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3009 - Topics in Art History

Selected themes or periods in the history of art examined in depth. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3020 - Topics in Archeology

Topics in Archeology of interest to faculty and students. Does not fulfill Fine Arts requirement. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History

 

AAH 4000 - Senior Thesis

Independent research projects under the guidance of a department faculty member. Passing grade depends on student thesis acceptable to two faculty members. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Writing Intensive Requirement

 

AAH 4003 - Spec Topics: Ancient-Medieval

Seminar on selected topics in ancient or medieval art as announced. Topics will vary depending on the instructor. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4004 - Spec Top: Renais-Baroque

Seminar on architecture, painting, sculpture, and art theories of the Renaissance or Baroque as announced. Topics will vary depending on the instructor. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4005 - Picasso and Friends

Seminar on the 20th century's most famous artist, with discussion of friends such as Braque, Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, and Erik Satie. Prerequisites: AAH 2004 (min. grade: D-) Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4007 - Special Topics

The course will consist of two 50 min lectures (MF) and a Wednesday evening movie screening. There are no prerequisites and the course will count for Fine Arts credit. Students will take both a midterm and final and write short movie review/responses. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4010 - Interpreting Art

An introduction to the theories and criticism relevant for the study and interpretation of art and art history such as feminism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, post-colonialism, and postmodernism. Prerequisite: At least one prior Art History course. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History, Writing Enriched Requirement

 

AAH 5515 - Independent Research

An intensive research project under individual direction. Permission of chairperson required. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Art & Art History

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