REL 105
Introduction to European Art Before 1700 Fall 2021
Division II
Cross-listed ARTH 101 / REL 105

Class Details

A team-taught introduction to the art and architecture of Europe from the ancient Mediterranean to Baroque Italy. 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, worn, touched (even licked), held, exhibited, bought and sold, 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 To help students begin to appreciate how these works of art might have been understood by those who originally made and used them, the course sets its objects of study within a number of revealing historical contexts, from the social and the political to the philosophical and the art historical. To give students time with original works of art, our discussion-centered conferences use the wealth of art resources in Williamstown: the Clark Art Institute, the buildings and sculpture of the Williams College Campus, and the Williams College Museum of Art.
The Class: Format: lecture/conference; This course has 2 components: lectures and conferences. The lectures will be twice or three times weekly, the conferences once per week. Both lectures and conferences will be held in person.
Limit: 60
Expected: 60
Class#: 1838
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Three shorter essays (one of which may be in the form of a take-home final exam), several quizzes, and engaged participation in conference sections
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be based on a short questionnaire, which students will be asked to complete if the course is over-enrolled.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 101 Division I REL 105 Division II

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