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In this course you will explore the highlights of European and American art from the early Renaissance to the Baroque, 19th century Romanticism, and through to the Modern Age. Within a broadly chronological structure, you will focus on the paintings of masters such as Giotto, Durer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol and others, and along the journey discover the impact of the classical past; the interrelationship between stylistic developments, materials and technique; and the broader cultural, intellectual and historical context in which certain kinds of art emerged. This course emphasizes the developments that define each historical period, while detailing the aesthetic advances made with the painting materials and methods available at the time. Connections and continuity in the Western art tradition are explored alongside challenges, change and renewal.

By the end of this course:

  • You will visually identify artistic materials and techniques in paintings and understand their importance.
  • You will identify and date important paintings and define the basic characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.
  • You will develop the analytical and communication skills necessary to interpret and discuss these works within social, cultural, and political contexts.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    February 6 - March 19, 2017

    Online orientation opens on January 30, 2017.
  • Faculty


    Corey D'Augustine
    MA, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: BA, Oberlin College.

    Corey D'Augustine is a conservator of modern and contemporary art and a technical art historian. He regularly works for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and lectures on art history and art conservation at New York University, Pratt Institute, The City College of New York, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a specialist in American and European Post-war art and his research interests include 20th-century painting materials and techniques, and the conservation of monochrome paintings.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces

    • Painting Technique Lecture: What is Fresco?

    • Conservation Lecture: X-Rays and Altarpiece Construction

    • Case Study: Simone Martini, Annunciation (1333)

    Week 2: Perspective and Realism: Painting in the European Renaissance

    • Painting Technique Lecture: The Impact of Oil Painting

    • Conservation Lecture: The Conservation of Panel Paintings

    • Case Study: Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve (1507)

    Week 3: Painting in the Baroque Era

    • Painting Technique Lecture: Chiaroscuro

    • Conservation Lecture: Infrared Spectroscopy and Preparatory Sketches

    • Case Study: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus (1601)

    Week 4: From the Academy to Tahiti: Painting in the 19th Century

    • Painting Technique Lecture: The Broken Brushstroke

    • Conservation Lecture: Ultraviolet Fluorescence and Painted Surfaces

    • Case Study: Édouard Manet, Olympia (1863)

    Week 5: The Promise of Abstraction

    • Painting Technique Lecture: Action Painting

    • Conservation Lecture: Matte Paint

    • Case Study: Willem de Kooning, Woman, I (1950-52)

    Week 6: Pop to the Present

    • Painting Technique Lecture: Synthetic Paints

    • Conservation Lecture: The Monochrome

    • Case Study: Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn (1962)

  • 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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