Art History and Architecture
- Affords Visits to NYC Museums and Galleries
- Examines All Media
- Explores Style, Movements, and Forms
These courses provide a forum for exploring the world of art—from ancient artifacts and ruins to contemporary painters and photographers. You will tour New York City’s renowned museums and galleries with art historians and museum professionals, as you develop an understanding of the history, cultural context, and aesthetics of art movements and trends.
Learn about the mixed-media movement of “outsider art”—its history, influences, artists, and presence in New York collections.
Explore how maternity is portrayed in art and how art reflects the evolution of the role and status of the mother in various cultures over time.
Explore the historical, aesthetic, and ideological background of the Bauhaus.
Track the lives and works of this most extraordinary couple, as well as their intense engagement in art, politics, and personal exploration.
Look at the intersections of history and art history from the 1870s to WWII that reveal the origins of impressionism and modernism.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Explore the size of each sector of the global art market, dissect the processes used in each, and examine how business is conducted.
This course introduces major works and themes of American art, from the nation’s independence to the Civil War.
Explore masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age in conjunction with a new exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Explore the artistic legacy of the most famous couples in modern art.
Explore the history of modernism’s fascinating artistic ferment and experimentation in Vienna and throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.
Trace the history of African American experience from Reconstruction through the Harlem Renaissance by studying the art of these eras.
Through five walking tours, trace the influence of the brash new style of art deco as it transformed 1920s New York City into a modern metropolis.
Explore the art and artists from the post-World War II movements of abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism.
Trace the history of art and architecture of the Islamic world, from Spain to Southeast Asia.
Delve into the postwar American and international art movements and learn about their formal concerns, vocabulary, and most influential artists.
Develop an eye for, and an understanding of, painting, sculpture, and architecture from the baroque era through the 20th century.
Develop an eye for, and understanding of, painting, sculpture, and architecture, and build a foundation in art history through the Renaissance.
Study the history of Asian art, with a focus on periods and styles important for identifying works frequently found in museums and the marketplace.
Gain an overview of how buildings are designated as landmarks and how the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s application process works.
Gain a new level of appreciation and understanding of modern art through the study of symbols.
Explore the life of Madame de Pompadour, who managed to hold one of the most influential court positions at Versailles for close to two decades.
Become familiar with the leading architects and architectural masterpieces of 19th-century New York City, including City Hall and Trinity Church.
Learn about Persian painting by exploring the history and aesthetics of the miniature painting traditions from Iran, Central Asia, India, and Turkey.
Receive a comprehensive introduction to preservation planning in New York City.
At the Met, study some of the finest paintings produced during the Dutch Golden Age, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.
Learn how the Landmarks Law redefines areas by protecting their historic elements while still allowing for new construction and modifications.
Consider the important contributions of women artists in Western art, with a focus on the Met’s collection of art by women.