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Using all that we have learned in this course, explain how the study of Art History can help someone better understand different cultures. Please include an example of how your own understanding of a different culture changed.
This survey course in Western Art History will explore art as cultural production. This introduction to the academic discipline will familiarize students with major movements and styles of art as well as the various media and purposes of artistic production. The relationship between the visual arts and the individual artist to their society and culture will also be explored.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes:
By completing this course, students will be able to:
• examine Western Art History as it is linked to historical events, intellectual history, as well as scientific and cultural trends.
• recognize key works of art, their artists, styles, media, intent and public response.
• apply a working knowledge of the specialized vocabulary used in Art History.
• demonstrate appropriate visual literacy and critical thinking skills.
Web Resources for Art History Research:
Architecture and Building (Jeanne Brown, University of Nevada Las Vegas)
Covers architecture, building and construction, housing, landscape architecture, etc. and history of architecture.
Short definitions of art movements with lists of artists, medium, subject, nationality, museums, etc.
The Artchive (Mark Harden)
Virtual gallery of classic and contemporary painting, sculpture, as well as art critique, reviews, and links.
Art History: A Preliminary Handbook by Dr. Robert J. Belton
An online textbook on art history including explanations of concepts such as form, content, context; information on beginning an art history assignment, etc.
Art History Resources on the Web (Christopher Witcombe)
A chronological arrangement of links from prehistoric art to current times. Dr. Witcombe also includes links to research resources, museums and galleries and other material for art historians.
The Catholic Encyclopedia
An excellent place to read short pieces on everything from the lives of saints to movements such as the Reformation and art and architecture (Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque also called Barocco, Rococo, etc.) from the point of view of the Catholic Church.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Museum’s collection.
Mother of All Art and Art History Links Pages
Includes links to image collections, online exhibits, art museums, art history departments, and more.
Perseus Digital Library
An exhaustive site on the history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
Timelines of Art History
Compares the timeline of the art of Western civilization with other areas
Voice of the Shuttle: Art History
Links to general art history resources, art by geographic region, art theory, museums, etc.
Writing Art History (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Handouts on how to write various kinds of art history assignments.
Google Art Project
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
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