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Art history is about more than names, dates, and movements. From the Egyptian pyramids to Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn, this course will examine key objects within a broadly chronological order as a means for understanding the unfolding of Western art history. And since there is never a single way to interpret an art object, but rather diverse contexts and ways of looking, you will learn how to  independently look at and interpret works of art. For those passionate about art this course will provide a solid understanding of how to analyze, interpret and appreciate art.

By the end of this course:

  • You will be provided with the tools to independently look at and interpret works of art from the Egyptian pyramids to Conceptual art.
  • You will gain the facility and confidence to approach all kinds of art with a critical eye and sensibility of appreciation.
  • You will be able to identify and date important art objects and define the basic characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    January 17 - February 27, 2017

    Online orientation opens on January 10, 2017.
  • Faculty


    Georgia Krantz
    PhD, ABD, Queen's University, Ontario; MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Georgia Krantz is an art historian and arts educator with a focus on 20th-century art. She has taught art history at the New School and Pratt Institute, and has worked as an educator and education consultant at numerous NYC institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the International Center of Photography, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Krantz has extensive university and museum education experience. She currently teaches graduate studies at the Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Interactive Digital Media program at NYU.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece and Rome

    • Egyptian Pyramids and Sculpture

    • Archaic and Classical Greek Sculpture and the Parthenon

    • Roman Veristic Sculpture and the Pantheon

    Week 2: The Myth of the Dark Ages and Emergence of Light: The Medieval and Gothic Periods

    • Medieval Objects and Manuscripts

    • Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

    • The Proto-Renaissance

    Week 3: Science, Grandeur and Leisure: Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture 

    • Renaissance Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

    • Baroque Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

    • Rococo Painting and Versailles

    Week 4: The 19th Century and the Rise of Modernism

    • Romanticism

    • Realism

    • Manet and Impressionism/Post-Impressionism

    Week 5: A New Millenium: the Early 20th Century

    • Cubism and Futurism

    • Marcel Duchamp

    • Russian Constructivism

    • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Technology

    Week 6: Post-WWII: Abstract Expressionism to Conceptual Art

    • AbEx

    • Pop and Minimalism

    • Conceptual Art

  • Online Orientation

    Online Orientation

    Our online orientation operates the same way as the course, giving you the opportunity to become familiar with the technology and the dynamics of online teaching and learning. Participation in the  orientation is not required, but it is strongly encouraged as students who complete the experience have a better chance of success. The orientation is available one week prior to class and remains open for you to use as a resource.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    $1485 ($1335 if booked before December 20, 2016)

    Registration Fee: $15

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Claire Hoover, Program Manager of Online Learning
    Email: or Request Information Tel: +1.212.897.6644

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