Experience the history of western art through the lens of New York City’s outstanding art collections. Covering antiquity to contemporary art, this course will combine lectures with a close examination of works in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Historical and aesthetic concepts introduced in lectures and readings will be grounded in discussions and visual analyses of the artworks themselves. This course will provide a framework for understanding key artists, movements, and styles in western art, as well as building skills of visual analysis.
What you will learn…
• To identify key artists, movements, and styles in western art history.
• To develop skills in visual analysis as well as the vocabulary used to describe art objects by looking closely at works in a museum context.
• To recognize both continuity and change between different periods of western art history, as well as to connect visual observations with the historical and aesthetic concepts introduced through classroom lectures and related readings.