Art History: Key Concepts examines important ideas in art history and art theory throughout human history, from cave painting through the modern age. Clear and concise weekly themes provide a framework to discuss a range of art objects selected from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The course begins with an exploration of different timelines within art history. Subsequently, each week surveys various forms of representation, analyzing how art has developed from the iconic works of the Old Masters to the innovative practices of contemporary artists today, with a special two-week focus on the art of China. This structure provides you with the necessary background and tools to confidently address complex subjects in art history, art criticism, curatorial work, and collecting—all indispensable to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of art or pursue a professional career in the art world.
This Premier Online Course features weekly recorded lectures and faculty-guided discussion boards to maximize flexibility and deliver an engaging and interactive digital experience. This particular course, offered in partnership with Tsinghua University, will be complemented by a selection of live sessions in both English and Chinese.
Students will learn:
- To identify and describe key events in the history of art.
- To analyze the formal and contextual qualities of artworks and evaluate their importance in a variety of historical and social contexts.
- To identify and implement the visual vocabulary used to discuss specific art forms, techniques, styles, periods, or movements.
- To assess and critique a variety of artworks, periods and movements related to art history.