Art Styles Through the Ages

Develop your eye for and your understanding of painting, sculpture, and architecture by building 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, and Roman art and architecture. Next, develop a greater awareness of the divine in the 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 found in Italian early and High Renaissance through the work of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian. Study fantastic art in Northern Europe in the age of the Protestant Reformation and learn of Brueghel and Bosch. Experience the drama, psychology, and kinship 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 via 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. No grades issued.

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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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