Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture

ARTHIST 101, SEC 201

  • Class Number: 25500
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Credits: 3
  • Meets Requirements: Humanities
  • Instructor: Richard A. Leson
  • Course Dates:
  • Course Syllabus (.pdf)

This course is an introduction to the history of human visual expression, from the earliest evidence of image making to the end of the Middle Ages. We will study various periods and cultures, including the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Early Christian, Byzantine, Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic, in relation to the Western artistic tradition. We will discuss the aesthetic values of these cultures to understand the historic, social, political, religious and other meanings behind the creation of works of art. Why study this material? The works of art and architecture introduced in this class are fundamental expressions of Western history and culture. In addition to visual artists, composers, writers, and others have built on, reacted to, and synthesized new forms of expression through an understanding of the media and concepts we will explore in this class. This course is thus meant to empower students by providing analytical skills that will enable them to arrive at a more nuanced and critical understanding of Western culture.