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ART 120 - Introduction to Art History

5 Credits
Studies the development of visual art from the Paleolithic to early Christian art of Western civilization. Designed to develop the awareness and understanding of the basic language of art in context of differing styles in art history and to give an introduction to the subject matter of broad areas to the history of art as humanistic study.


Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve All students.
Active Date 20220330T15:32:35

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Humanities Area II
  • Performance

Course Outline
  • The Artist™s Profession: nature of creativity, artist in Antiquity, women artists
  • Art and a Matter of Life and Death: cave art, Egyptian Tomb art, tribal art
  • Images of gods: Apollo, Buddha, Christ
  • Religious architecture: Parthenon, cathedral structure, Romanesque, Greek
  • The Sacred Book: manuscripts, miniatures
  • 15th century Flemish art: synthesis of Heaven and Earth
  • 15th century Italian Art: nudity, perspective, religious, and secular philosophies
  • Michelangelo: musculature, Sistine Chapel
  • 16th and 17th Century Art: art for popular taste, flesh and spirit
  • Baroque Secular Art: food and drink, games and music
  • Rembrandt: spiritual art, meditations on death, landscapes, anatomical science
  • Images of authority: king as deity, warrior kings, imperial portraits
  • Architecture of authority: gateways, civic structure, palaces, capitol building
  • 19th Century Art: artists as political critic, social crises, ethic of modern art
  • Art and Nature: landscapes, sculpture and nature
  • The portrait in painting: sculpture and nature
  • The figure in modern sculpture: pre WWI, post WWII
  • Picasso: Guernica, Crucifixion
  • Imaginative Art: literary and artistic sources, limits of reason
  • Abstract Art: simple forms

Student Learning Outcomes
Identify selected masterpieces of art and architecture in primarily the Western tradition from ancient to twenty-first century.

Describe representative works from major art periods.

Analyze and interpret historic works of art to determine cultural significance.

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