ARTH 150: INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY
3 credits/ Patterns 1
This course will introduce students to basic elements of visual literacy through the exploration of art history in a variety of cultural traditions, geographic locations, and chronological periods. Students will learn about principles of design, form, and iconography while exploring the art of different societies and cultures.
ARTH 201-202 : HISTORY OF ART I AND II (F, S)
This course is a chronological survey of architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts from major cultures, especially in the West. Emphasis is on identification and comprehension of styles, monuments, and traditions. ARTH 201 covers pre-historic art to ca. 1400; ARTH 202 covers the Renaissance to the 21st century.
ARTH 203: ANCIENT ART
This course is a study of selected early civilizations to the 4th century A.D. and the Early Christian era, emphasizing Greek, Roman, and other Mediterranean cultures. Prerequisite: 100 or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 205: MEDIEVAL ART
This course examines the development of the visual arts from the late Roman period to the late Gothic of the 15th century. Special emphasis is on the establishment of Christian iconography and the evolution of church types. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor
ARTH 213: ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART
This course is a study of Renaissance civilization concentrating on the architecture, painting, and sculpture of Italy from 1200 to 1570. Emphasis will be on such masters as Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor
ARTH 216: BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART
This course addresses styles, trends, and major forces in the visual arts of Western Europe dur ing the 17th and 18th centuries, with special focus on the works of Bernini, Rubens, and Rembrandt. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 217: 19TH-CENTURY ART
This course focuses on painting’s evolution, content, and style, from circa 1780 to the turn of the 20th century. Emphasis is on major schools and artists, including Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor
ARTH 222: AMERICAN ART
This survey course introduces American art through the study of selected artists and works of art, many of them in local museums. It traces the evolution of American art from Native American beginnings, through the Colonial and Federal periods, concluding in the World War II era and contemporary eras. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 223: AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
This course is a study of representative types, movements, and styles of American architecture from colonial to post-modern. Issues covered in the course include the tension between aesthetics and usefulness and the relationship of architecture to culture and context. Some emphasis is placed on urban architecture, including Philadelphia. Field trips to significant architectural sites are included. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level art history or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 224: LATIN AMERICAN ART
An examination of the visual culture of Latin America beginning with the Spanish and Portuguese arrival and colonization of the New World to the present. It will encompass the study of painting, sculpture, graphics, architecture and other visual media from Mesoamerica, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, as well as Chicano art production in the United States.
ARTH 226: INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUMS
Students will learn about the history and evolution of the museum and consider some of its main objectives. Topics will include the mission and function of art museums—collection, care of objects, exhibition, and education—as well as the politics of interpretation and display. Site visits to local art museums and presentations by curators and museum directors from the area complement readings and lectures by the instructor.
ARTH 227: MUSEUMS OF PHILADELPHIA
In this course, students visit at least 10 of Philadelphia’s art museums and galleries and study such works as Egyptian and other African sculpture, Renaissance and Impressionist paintings, contemporary photographs, American furniture, and Japanese prints. The on-site excursions are supplemented by class discussions and presentations.
ARTH 270: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
The topics in this course vary from semester to semester. It may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
ARTH 316: WOMEN AND ART
This course encourages students to think critically about the contributions of women artists, collectors, critics, models, and viewers to the fields of art and art history. These are areas that have been historically dominated by men, and this course requires that students look beyond the traditional models of art criticism to consider how gender has shaped women’s artistic practice and their response to works of art. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor
ARTH 319: MODERN ART
This course is a study of developments in late 19th and early 20th century art as they pertain to the rise of Modernism. Movements to be examined include Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, and Surrealism. While the focus will be on painting and sculpture, related developments in architecture and the decorative arts may also be considered. Particular attention will be paid to the social and historical context for the production of the works of art studied. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor.
ARTH 320: CONTEMPORARY ART
This course will explore late 20th-century and early 21st-century developments in the arts, with a particular focus on the rise of the American art scene in the years following World War II. Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Body and Performance Art, and Land Art will be discussed in depth. Art produced since 1980, including important contemporary movements outside the United States and museum culture of the late 20th and early 21st century, will also be a focus. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level Art History or permission of the instructor
ARTH 322: TOPICS IN AMERICAN ART
This is an advanced course that takes an in-depth look at a particular topic in American Art. Possible subject include The Hudson River School, American Genre Painters, The Art and Artists of Mexico, and American Impressionism. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level Art History course or permission of Chair.
ARTH 325: TOPICS IN GLOBAL ART
This is an advanced art history course that surveys the visual arts in selected non-Western societies. Students will study and analyze the styles, methods and cultural contexts of the visual arts from Africa, Asia, Mesoamerica and Oceania. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level Art History course or permission of Chair
ARTH 340: ART AND CULTURE
Thi is an advanced art history course that takes an in-depth look at the art and society of one particular culture or historical period. This course offers a thematic approach to understanding art in a cultural context such as Art and Politics or Urban Art. Prerequisite:100 or 200 level Art History course or permission of Chair
ARTH 370: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
Topics in this course will vary from semester to semester. It may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
ARTH 380: RESEARCH TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
3 credits/ Capstone
This course focuses on an analysis and application of methods used in art criticism and research, with the emphasis on writing. Subjects will vary. This course is required for Art History majors but open to qualified advanced general students, with permission of the instructor.
ARTH 460: INTERNSHIP
The internship is designed to give art history majors and minors the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the art field. Students will meet regularly with a faculty member and will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between their coursework and their internship experience. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 overall and in the major and approval of the Chair. Students must apply for internships. Application forms, available in the Fine Arts Department office, should be returned to the office during the registration period before internships can be approved.
ARTH 480: EXHIBITION SEMINAR
This course is an upper-level elective for art history majors or for any major (with instructor permission) with an interest in museum studies. It gives our students practical yet rigorous training in anticipation of a museum or gallery career, one of the major career options for the B.A. in Art History. The exhibition seminar is a special course with the outcome of an exhibition, most often in the La Salle University Art Museum.