ARTH 101 Fall 2014 Art Through Time

A year-long, team-taught introduction to European and North American art and architecture, this course celebrates the glory of works of art as physical objects, to be viewed and contemplated, to be sure, but also often to be worshiped, exhibited, bought and sold, held, touched, worn, passed through or around, and lived in. To help students begin to appreciate how these works of art might have been understood by those who originally made and used them, the course set its objects of study within a number of revealing historical contexts, from the social and the political to the philosophical and the art historical. In the first semester (ArtH 101), we cover art and architecture from the beginning to approximately 1600. In the second semester (ArtH 102), we examine art and architecture from 1600 to today. To train students to look carefully at art, and to give them time with original works of art, we use the wealth of art resources in Williamstown: the Clark Art Institute, the buildings and sculpture of the Williams College Campus, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Chapin Rare Book Library.
Class Format: lecture with discussion section
Requirements/Evaluation: quizzes, midterm, two papers and a final exam
Additional Info: both semesters of ARTH 101-102, a hyphenated course, must be taken to receive course credit for either semester
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Prerequisites: none
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Department Notes: Art majors may take ARTH 103 in place of either 101 or 102; students should petition the chair of the department for this exception to be made
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 180
Class Number: 1035
ARTH 101 - 01 (F) LEC Art Through Time Division 1: Languages and the Arts Peter D. Low
, Stefanie Solum
, Elizabeth P. McGowan
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Bernhard Brooks Rogers 1035
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