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Courses

ARTH 115 (3)
Survey of Art History I

An historical and analytical introduction, considering representative monuments in their context and proposing ways of understanding visual evidence. V1, V6

ARTH 116 (3)
Survey of Art History II
An historical and analytical introduction, considering representative monuments in their context and proposing ways of understanding visual evidence. V1, V6

ARTH 117 (3)
The Visual Experience: Understanding Art and Everyday Images
An introduction to how we look at, analyze and understand both art and "non-art" images encountered in everyday experience. V6a

ARTH 204 (3)
The Art of Northern Europe, 1400-1600
An introduction to the art of Northern Europe. Examples of painting, sculpture, architecture and printmaking produced in the Netherlands, France and Germany between 1400 and 1600 will be examined. Offered alternate years. V6a

ARTH 211 (3)
European Art c. 1700-1850
A study of developments in European painting and sculpture within trends called the Rococo, Sensibility, Neo-classicism and Romanticism. Material will be considered within cultural and historical contexts. Offered alternate years. V1

ARTH 213 (3)
Early Renaissance Art in Italy
An introduction to the art of the Early Renaissance in Italy. Examples of painting, sculpture, architecture and printmaking produced in Italy between 1200 and 1500 will be examined. Offered every third semester. V1, V6

ARTH 214 (3)
High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy
An introduction to the art of the High Renaissance and Mannerist period in Italy. Examples of painting, sculpture, architecture and printmaking produced in Italy between 1500 and 1600 will be examined. Offered every third semester. V1, V6

ARTH 217 (3)
European Art in the 17th Century
An introduction to the art of Western Europe in the 17th century. Examples of painting, sculpture, architecture and printmaking produced in Italy, France, Germany, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands between 1600 and 1700 will be examined in detail. Offered every third semester. V1, V6

ARTH 221 (3)
American Arts I
A study of the artistic development of the United States from the Colonial period through the early nineteenth century. Paintings, architecture, and the decorative arts will all be considered, with an emphasis on major artists, architects and artisans, and the ways in which these groups influenced and responded to artistic and stylistic trends in America and from Europe. Offered alternate years. IIIO, V6

ARTH 222 (3)
American Arts II
A study of the artistic development of the United States from the early nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. Paintings, architecture, and the decorative arts will all be considered, with an emphasis on major artists, architects and artisans, and the ways in which these groups influenced and responded to artistic and stylistic trends in American and from an increasingly international perspective. Offered alternate years. IIIO, V6

ARTH 227 (3)
History of the Interior
This course presents the history of the domestic interior from classical antiquity through the Renaissance and into the modern era, covering styles such as Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Reform and Aestheticism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and Modernism. The focus will be an exploration of the ways in which furniture, decorative arts, and interior architecture function as a domestic expression of historical developments. Offered alternate years. IIIW, V6

ARTH 229 (3)
British Architecture and Decorative Art
Developments in British architecture from the Tudors to Victoria. The decorative arts (furniture, silver, ceramics and glass) will be emphasized in their architectural setting. Offered alternate years. IIIO, V6

ARTH 232 (3)
Greek Art and Archaeology
This course will examine the art of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. It will also study important archeological sites and reflect on the role played by archaeologists and art historians in the reconstruction of the past and the ways in which Greek art has been interpreted and explained in the modern era. Students will also have the opportunity to examine objects in Sweet Briar's collection of classical antiquities. This course may be counted toward the major or minor in classical civilization or the minor in archaeology.

ARTH 235 (3)
Early Medieval Art
The art and culture of Europe from the late Roman Empire to the "year 1000." Will include an examination of Islamic art and the art of the Byzantine Empire as well as that of Western Europe. Offered alternate years. V6a

ARTH 237 (3)
Asian Art: China
A survey of the arts of Asia, including architecture, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, painting, printmaking, and calligraphy from the neolithic to the modern period. While this class will chart the course of technical and stylistic developments in these media, the primary focus will be on understanding the cultural and social contexts in which these arts developed. Offered alternate years. V4, V6

ARTH 253 (3)
Early 20th-Century Art: Fauvism to Surrealism
Developments in European art from c. 1900-1940. Major modern movements will be studied in a cultural and historical context. Recent critical approaches to the material will be considered. May be counted as an adjunct course toward the minor in gender studies. IIIW, V6

ARTH 255 (3)
Contemporary Art
The course will focus on visual culture from a global viewpoint beginning aroung 1970 and continuing through the present day. Traditional art forms, such as painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as art that draws from a wide variety of media, including digital, environmental, and body art, will be covered. Particular emphasis will be placed on art that is being produced at present. V1, V6

ARTH 261 (1)
Directed Study
The study of introductory level material by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member.

ARTH 303 (3)
Seminar on Women Artists
A study of women artists in Europe and the Americas in which considerable attention is paid to the cultural conditions in which these artists worked and the obstacles they encountered in making their art. Artists of the periods preceding the 18th century will be briefly introduced, but emphasis will be on the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Articles by feminist art historians and critics comprise the major portion of the reading list. May be counted as a core course toward the minor in gender studies. IIIO, V5,V6

ARTH 306 (3)
Theories of Art
The course focuses on philosophies of art in Western civilization, beginning with the Greeks and continuing until the present day. Particular emphasis is placed on twentieth- century art theory. While the relationship of visual art to theory will be studied, the primary focus is on the original theoretical texts. Offered alternate years. V1, V6

ARTH 320 (3)
Later 19th-Century Art
A study of such major trends as Impressionism, Post- Impressionism and symbolism within a cultural and historical context. Their importance as foundations of 20th century Modernism will be stressed. New critical approaches to the material will be considered. V6a

ARTH 322 (3)
Romanesque Art & Architecture
A study of the art and archtiecture of Byzantiam, Islamic cultures and western Europe from the tenth through the twelfth centures. Major themes we will consider are monastic life, growning urbanization, pilgrimage, the Crusades, and the role of women in society. IIIW, V1,V6

ARTH 336 (3)
Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture
Selected topics in medieval art will be studied in depth. Course content will vary from year to year. Topic for Spring 2011: "Medieval Pilgrimage: Architecture and Ritual." We will examine the ritual of pilgrimage, the cult of the saints and relics, and the art and architecture of churches within the socio-political and religious context of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean. Through readings and images we will attempt to replicate the experience of pilgrims travelling along these routes that extend from northern Europe to Spain, Italy, and Jerusalem. IIIW, V1,V6

ARTH 338 (3)
Gothic Art and Architecture
This course will introduce students to the late medieval world where the arts of cathedral and court were influenced by urbanization, travel, rising levels of literacy, and changes in monarchy and religion. This course will include an examination of Islamic art and the art of the Byzantine Empire as well as that of Western Europe. Offered alternate years. IIIW, V1,V6

ARTH 340 (3)
Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Selected topics in Ranaissance and Baroque art will be studied in depth. Course content will vary from year to year. Offered every third semester. V1, V6

ARTH 341 (3)
Seminar: Art and Theory in Renaissance Italy
Using both primary and secondary sources, the seminar will examine Italian Renaissance art in relation to contemporary art theory in the 15th and 16th centuries. Offered alternate years. V6a

ARTH 344 (3)
Seminar: Art and Theory in Baroque Europe
Using both primary and secondary sources, the seminar will examine Baroque art in relation to contemporary art theory in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Offered alternate years. V6a

ARTH 354 (3)
Later 20th-Century Art: Post World War II to the Present
Post-war trends from Abstract Expressionism to Post- Modernism will be considered in their historical, cultural and critical context. IIIW, V6

ARTH 361 (1)
Special Study
The study of an intermediate topic by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member.

ARTH 377 (1)
Internship

ARTH 452 (3)
Senior Seminar
An examination of selected topics in the history of art. Specific requirements of the course will be decided in consultation with the majors each year and may include papers, oral reports and written examinations. This course is designated as the culminating exercise in the major and is required of all majors. IIIO, IIIW,V6

ARTH 461 (1)
Independent Study
Pursuit of an upper level research project determined in advance by the student in consultation with a faculty member who will act as the sponsor.

ARTH 470 (3)
Junior Honors Research

ARTH 472 (3)
Senior Honors Thesis