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Course Name: History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic
Course Number: AHIS 4
Course Objectives:
  • Students will be able to identify through analysis the role of visual art and culture (religious, political, economic, social, educational, etc.) in art and and cultures.
  • Students will be able to identify formal elements and differentiate styles among cultures over time.
  • Students completing an assignment in Area C (Arts) courses will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression.
  • Describe the role of magic and ritual in prehistoric art.
  • Identify works of art, their artistic style and their cultural contexts.
  • Recognize iconographic themes and discuss them in their cultural contexts.
  • Recognize benefits and drawbacks of various approaches used in the study and interpretation of Western art.
  • Use proper artistic vocabulary to describe and analyze works of art.
  • Analyze religious iconography in the arts of the Middle Ages and relate it to written sources from the period.
  • Analyze the art and architecture of the Ancient, Classical or Medieval periods in terms of knowledge acquired through class lecture and discussion, readings and comparison with other works of art.
  • Synthesize ideas and knowledge about Ancient, Classical, or Medieval art and architecture into a written format, striving for clarity of expression, organization and relevance of arguments.