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Term Subject Catalog # Title Credits / Units
Summer 2020 ARH 011 History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 4 cr.
Class Session Time Syllabus
1 5-week summer Mon - Fri ARH-011-5


This course provides an introduction to art history and the analyses of painting, sculpture, and architecture during the study of masterpieces from prehistoric to medieval times. It begins with the rise of Christianity and the challenges it posed to the Roman Empire, and then examines the Byzantine Empire and the lands of Islam. Medieval visual and material culture will be considered within the framework of socio-political developments, rapid urban growth, the flowering of monastic culture, and the rise of universities as well as changes in devotional practices. It also examines monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art.