Sculpture Through the Ages: Depictions of the Human Body

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
What do the Venus of Willendorf and Huma Bhabha's groundbreaking "characters" have in common? They are separated by 30,000 years, but connected by topic (the human form). The representation of a person in three dimensions has fascinated artists from the earliest times to today. This survey class will explore how artists from the Paleolithic age to the 21st century produced sculpture and how their ideas regarding resemblance, movement, and expression have changed. The boundless desire to create our bodily likeness in space and to tell stories is evident in the works by Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Degas, Louise Bourgeois, Isa Genzken, Yinka Shonibare, Antony Gormley, Kiki Smith, Paul McCarthy, Sarah Lucas, Simone Leigh, and many others. Spring 2023 tuition is $699.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with important sculptures from ancient times to today
  • A new appreciation for the art of sculpture

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.