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Art Styles Through the Ages

Develop your eye for and your understanding of painting, sculpture, and architecture—and build a foundation in the history of art. This course celebrates prehistoric cave paintings; Egypt’s pharaohs’ art of death and the afterlife; philosophical China in writing and painting; classical Greek art, a model for all time; and Roman art and architecture, rulers of the known world. Next, develop a greater awareness of the divine in art of the world’s religions: early Christian art, Jewish symbolic art, and the infinite in design and pattern in Islamic art; creatures in Romanesque art; and the impassioned engineering and building in Gothic cathedrals. Then, focus on the illusion of reality and new artistic devices in Italian early and High Renaissance, and meet Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian. Study fantastic art in northern Europe in the age of the Protestant Reformation, and learn of Bruegel and Bosch. Experience the drama, psychology, and kingship in artwork by baroque masters of the 17th century, and encounter Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Next, study the art of two revolutions: 18th- and 19th-century neoclassicism and romanticism and discover David and Goya. Then, visit 19th-century impressionism and postimpressionism; see Monet, van Gogh, and Munch. Finally, tackle crucial issues in the 20th century: skyscrapers, cubism, futurism, surrealism, African-American art, feminist art, pop art, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, taking note of Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, and Maya Lin. A visit to the Museum of Modern Art is planned.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A foundation in art history
  • Knowledge of art terms and techniques
  • A familiarity with famous artists and artworks

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing art professionals

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