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.
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.
Learn about the looting of art from Jewish artists, dealers, collectors, and regular people during World War II and subsequent restitution efforts.
Follow art deco’s impact on Manhattan architecture, from its southern tip to its northern extreme, through a series of walking tours.
Explore art history through the written works of famous authors and critics.
Survey American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1925 to 1975.
Survey American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1975 to the present.
Mediterranean Encounters: The Byzantine, Islamic, and Northern European Influence on the Art and Architecture of Sicily
Explore the multicultural history, art, and architecture of Sicily.
Explore the size of each sector of the global art market, dissect the processes used in each, and examine how business is conducted.
Explore the artistic legacy of the most famous couples in modern art.
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.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
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.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
This course celebrates a distinguished group of 20th-century American artists, writers, and musicians who made Paris their adoptive home.
Delve into the postwar American and international art movements and learn about their formal concerns, vocabulary, and most influential artists.
Trace the history of African American experience from Reconstruction through the Harlem Renaissance by studying the art of these eras.
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.
Learn the art of connoisseurship, and gain an understanding of why one artist or painting is considered to be “better” than another.
Learn about key German artists from 1880 to 1945 and their contribution to artistic movements, from impressionism to the Bauhaus.
Explore masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age in conjunction with a new exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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.
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.
At the Met, study some of the finest paintings produced during the Dutch Golden Age, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.
Explore the history of modernism’s fascinating artistic ferment and experimentation in Vienna and throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Learn how the Landmarks Law redefines areas by protecting their historic elements while still allowing for new construction and modifications.
Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.
Explore timeless questions about art from a philosophical perspective: What is the significance of art? How is it meant to be understood?