Course Title:  01:082:106  Introduction to Art History, 1400 to Contemporary

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:  None

Core Curriculum:  HST, AHp

Course Description:

This survey is an introduction to art, architecture, and material culture from 1400 through the present. It provides an overview of the diverse artistic products of human imagination and skill and the ways societies and artists have creatively engaged with the world around them. This course moves chronologically through time exploring key themes in the history of artistic production. Together, we will explore how art played an important role in the emergence of modernity across the world. The ways in which it expressed the new epoch in which we still live today can be found in a number of relationships that we will be exploring through the semester. These include art and national and personal power, art and the impact of trade and migration, art and new forms of belief, art and revolution, and art and identity.

Learning Goals:

 The goal of this art history course is to enable students to identify, discuss, and interpret works of art and architecture. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of a large set of visual artifacts from a diverse range of periods and geographic regions and be able to place them within their historical contexts. They will be able to employ critical thinking skills in their written and oral expression and to construct an historical argument that incorporates objects and images in meaningful ways.

  • Understand the bases and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place.
  • Explain the development of some aspect of a society or culture over time, including the history of ideas or history of science
  • Analyze arts and/or literatures in themselves and in relation to specific histories, values, languages, cultures, and technologies.
  • To learn the appropriate vocabulary and critical tools for discussing and writing about works of art and architecture.
  • To gain awareness of the major artistic movements from the Renaissance to the present.
  • To relate specific works of art and architecture to their stylistic, historical, and social contexts.

Course Materials:

The History of Art: A Global View (Part Two)
ISBN: 978-0-500-29355-3 
Available to purchase or to rent as either a book or ebook.  


In person:  Catherine Puglisi and Jenevieve DeLosSantos

Online:  TBD

Disclaimer:  These course descriptions/synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current.  For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) as of first day of class.