This course can be used to fulfill the HST and AHp of the Core Curriculum
Art History 105 is a survey of the major monuments and trends in the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the western world from prehistory until 1400. This course presents an introductory overview of the history of art from prehistory to the late medieval period. It considers the artistic production of various civilizations, ranging from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Holy Roman Empire, and focuses on a diversity of cultural and religious traditions, including Persian, Egyptian, Byzantine, Islamic, Christian, and Jewish. The class examines a wide array of objects, including statues of gods and emperors, reliquaries containing saints’ bones, Greek temples, Gothic cathedrals, early synagogue decoration, devotional manuscripts, and gold-gilded altarpieces.
Emphasizing significant stylistic movements across time and place, this course lays the groundwork for more advanced art history courses by introducing visual analysis and other interpretative tools of art historical research. Students will also learn how the visual products of a culture relate to historical circumstances, societal values, and shifting personal and collective identities. The skills developed in this class provide important tools for navigating and interpreting media and visual representation in the twenty-first century.
- 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.
Syllabus: The syllabus will be available on the Learning Management Site (Sakai/Canvas) as of the first day of class.
Disclaimer:These Course Description/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.