Honors Program

Honors History of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary

Honors History of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary

23960 FINA H112-03H  |  WF  |  4:30 – 5:45 PM  |  3.0 cr.

This course fulfills the Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing (B.6) General Education requirement

Instructor:  Dr. Steven Cody

This class traces the development of the visuals arts in so-called “Western” societies from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. Our primary focus will be examining the relationships between tangible art-objects and the principal concerns of the people that produced the paintings, sculptures, and the architectural structures in question. We will come to see that these relationships are unstable; and, indeed, that the notion of “art” itself had different meanings for different historical peoples. Over the course of the semester, we will not simply seek to place art in its original historical context. Instead, we will approach the visual arts themselves as an important context in which the history of politics, religion, and philosophy unfolds.