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.