ARTH 248
Revolutions in Art 1750-1850 Spring 2024
Division I

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This lecture course will focus on the dynamics of art, culture, and experience in Europe from the later eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century. Spanning such conflicts as the French Revolution of 1789, Napoleonic occupations, and imperial wars, this period of dramatic intellectual and social change ushered in a revolution in art in turn, keyed to new conceptions of subjectivity, freedom, and human experience. How did painting and sculpture of this period convey, wrestle with and embody these crises? We will examine the work of leading artists in depth, particularly as revolutions in art helped explore new accounts of the modern subject, both the interior self and that self in the public sphere. Additionally, we will discuss the ways in which these works have been in art-historical writing into the present.
The Class: Format: lecture; A third of our class time will be devoted to discussion. This course may require students to visit WCMA, Special Collections, and the Clark.
Limit: 30
Expected: 25
Class#: 3451
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance, participation, two essays (4-5 pages double spaced), midterm examination, final examination.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores, juniors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH pre-1800 Courses

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