Undergraduate Courses in Art History
ARTH 001. Introduction to Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The understanding and
appreciation of the visual arts, mainly painting, sculpture, and
architecture, throughout world history. Selections of both western and
non-western art will be used to pro vide basic terms and techniques for
analyzing the style and meaning of works, and for understanding their
significance as both aesthetic creations and expressions of social,
political, and personal concerns. (Note: Not open to students who are
enrolled in or have received credit for ARTH 101 and 102.)
ARTH 101. History of Western Art I. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A chronological
survey of the major periods, styles, artists, and monuments of western
visual arts, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture beginning
with the earliest human artistic creations in prehistoric times,
continuing through the ancient and medieval worlds to the Gothic era.
(Note: Not open to students who are enrolled in or have received credit
for ARTH 001 and 102.)
ARTH 102. History of Western Art II. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A chronological
survey of the major periods, styles, artists, and monuments of western
visual arts, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture beginning
with the development of the arts from the Renaissance through the Baroque and 18th Century to the modern era. (Note: Not open to students who are enrolled in or have received credit
for ARTH 001 and 101.)
ARTH 110. Survey of Ancient Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The art and
architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, from the Minoan and Mycenaean
periods until the late Roman Empire in the fourth century C.E. This
time span is covered in chronological order, with some emphasis on the
monuments of the Classical and Hellenistic Greek periods, and the Early
to High Roman Imperial periods.
ARTH 111. Survey of Medieval Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The art of the
European Middle Ages from its beginnings in pre-Christian Celtic art
through Carolingian and Romanesque art and the art of the great Gothic
ARTH 112. Survey of Renaissance and Baroque Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The
painting, sculpture, and architecture of western Europe from 1300 to
1750 including major figures and cultural ideals of the early modern
period, from Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bernini,
Caravaggio, and Rembrandt.
ARTH 113. Survey of Modern Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Western art from the
late eighteenth century to the present, with attention to the dramatic
social, technological, and intellectual changes of modern life that set
its painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms apart from
earlier, pre-industrial times. Artists covered range from the Romantics
to the Impressionists to van Gogh and Picasso.
ARTH 114. Survey of Asian Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A comparative study of
the artistic traditions of India, China, and Japan, from their Stone Age
beginnings to recent trends. Focus on the relationship of works of art
to the philosophies of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.
ARTH 115. Principles of Architecture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Analysis of the
varieties of architectural space formation, the techniques used to
achieve them and the resulting meanings encoded in a selected series of
worldwide examples. The course may require several field trips to
appropriate examples of space types available in metro New York.
ARTH 200. Studies in the History of Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Topic to be
discussed changes each semester. May be repeated for credit.
ARTH 201. Studies in the History of Architecture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Topic
to be discussed changes each semester. May be repeated for credit.
ARTH 203. Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
The art and architecture of the ancient Near East, focusing on
Mesopotamia and Syria-Palestine (“the Fertile Crescent”). Civilizations
studied include the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites,
Assyrians, and Persians, all of which contributed greatly to the growth
of later Western culture. Archaeological evidence is combined with
primary sources such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, and museum visits are
ARTH 204. Art of Ancient Egypt. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The art and architecture
of ancient Egypt, from the fifth millennium BC to the defeat of
Cleopatra by the Romans in the first century BC. Focus on the cultural
developments of the Nile Valley civilization and its interactions with
other parts of the ancient Mediterranean world. The Great Pyramids, King
Tutankhamen, and other fascinations of ancient Egypt come to life
through classroom lecture/discussion and museum visits.
ARTH 205. Art of Early Greece: Aegean Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The rise of
the Greek civilization in the third and second millennia BC. In the
Aegean Sea region, including the cultures of the Cycladic Islands,
Minoan Crete, and Mycenaean Greece. The artistic and architectural
developments of the Bronze Age provided a foundation on which the
wonders of the Greek world were built centuries later. Artifacts (such
as the palace at Knossos) are studied in conjunction with myth and
legend (such as the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur) in order to
illuminate this historical age.
ARTH 206. Art of Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece. 3 hr.; 3
cr. The art and architecture of ancient Greece, from the early seventh
century BC through the late first century BC, including sculpture,
architecture, and pottery from Greek sites in Turkey and in Italy and
objects from mainland Greece. Works of art are discussed not only for
their artistic value, but also as historical artifacts that provide
information about the daily lives of the ancient Greek people.
ARTH 207. Roman Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The art and architecture of the
Roman Empire, from the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization in the 500s BC
to the rise of Late Antiquity after the reign of Constantine the Great.
Focus is on the major developments of Roman culture, including
portraiture, historical relief, luxury objects, architecture, and
engineering projects. Exploration of fashions and trends set in the imperial city of Rome, as well as the development and interpretation of
these trends in the Roman provinces.
ARTH 211. Early Christian and Byzantine Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The art and
architecture of the Mediterranean early Christian world of the fourth
century through the creation of Byzantine art in the sixth century and
subsequent developments in the Greek east until the fall of
Constantinople in 1453.
ARTH 212. Early Medieval Art in Western Europe. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The art
of the northern European bronze and iron ages up to the spread of Celtic
culture and the arrival of Christian art. Topics include Insular
manuscript painting and Carolingian art and architecture through the
ARTH 214. Romanesque Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The origins and development of
the first pan-European art of the Middle Ages from the tenth through
the twelfth centuries. The major expressions of Romanesque painting,
sculpture, manuscripts, and architecture in France, England, Germany,
and Spain are analyzed in detail.
ARTH 215. Gothic Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The origins and development of the
Gothic style in architecture, sculpture, stained glass and precious
metalwork from the mid-twelfth century through the Late Gothic style of
the fifteenth century, with special emphasis on the art of France and
the great cathedrals.
ARTH 221. Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1250–1400. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts in Florence,
Venice, and other regions, viewed as the culmination of the Middle
Ages and precursor to the Renaissance. Special emphasis on art as
the expression of political and religious beliefs.
ARTH 222. Renaissance Art in Italy: The Fifteenth Century. 3 hr.; 3
cr. Major trends and personalities in painting, sculpture, and
architecture from the classical revival around 1400 to the dawn of the
High Renaissance. Artists who set the direction of western art well
into the modern era, including Masaccio, Botticelli, and Leonardo da
ARTH 223. Renaissance Art in Italy: The Sixteenth Century. 3 hr.; 3
cr. The culmination of Renaissance ideals in the art and architecture
of Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and Palladio, and the conflicting
responses of later artists to the spiritual and aesthetic upheavals
of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Religious and secular art,
palaces and villas, and theaters exemplify changes in politics,
patronage, and the role and status of artists.
ARTH 225. Early Netherlandish Painting. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Sources and
development of painting in Flanders and Holland in the 15th century,
concentrating on the work of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden,
Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memling, and Hieronymus Bosch.
ARTH 226. German Painting and Printmaking, 1400–1530. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Sources and development of painting, woodcut, and engraving in
Germany from the late Gothic period to the Reformation, concentrating
on the work of Schongauer, Dürer, Grünewald, and Holbein.
ARTH 229. Renaissance and Baroque Architecture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The
development of European architecture from the classical revival in
15th-century Florence through the grandeur of Baroque Rome and the
final flowering of the Rococo period. Buildings and cities as
expressions of cultural values and social structures, and the spread
of Renaissance principles as far as Spain and Russia, plus their
gradual influence outside Europe (colonial Americas) and mutual
interaction with Asia.
ARTH 234. Baroque Art in Italy. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Development of the
novel and dramatic elements of Baroque art in the major Italian art
centers (Venice, Rome, Naples, and Bologna), with attention to such
artists as Caravaggio, Bernini, Poussin, and Claude Lorrain.
ARTH 238. Baroque Art in Northern Europe. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Origins and
development of the Baroque style in what is now the Netherlands and
Belgium, beginning with Rubens and van Dyck and their Italian
influences and moving to the Golden Age of Dutch art, including
Frans Hals, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.
ARTH 239. Seventeenth Century Painting in France and Spain. 3 hr.; 3
cr. The sources and development of painting during the Golden Age
of the Spanish empire and the court of Louis XIV at Paris and
Versailles, including such artists as Velazquez and Poussin.
Cultural relations between the two major powers and the rest of
Europe, as well as with their overseas colonies.
ARTH 240. The Eighteenth Century in Europe. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Baroque,
Rococo, and Neo- Classical trends in the art and architecture of
France, England, Italy, and Germany. Artistic practice and patronage
are considered against the broader cultural backdrop of the
Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution, including connections to
literature and theater.
ARTH 246. European Art, 1789–1848. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Painting and
sculpture from the French Revolution to the Revolution of 1848, with
particular attention to Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and the rise of
Realism. Works of art as well as arts institutions and patrons are
examined in their historical context.
ARTH 247. European Art, 1848–1900. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The radical
transformations of painting and sculpture in France and its neighbors,
with a focus on the confrontations between traditional academic art
and the avant-garde trends of Realism, Impressionism, and
ARTH 250. Impressionism. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of the short-lived
but enduringly popular Impressionist movement in France,
concentrating on the careers and production of Manet, Monet, Renoir,
Degas, Morisot, and their circle, from the early 1860s to mid-
ARTH 251. Art of the United States, Colonial Era to 1900. 3 hr.; 3
cr. A survey of painting and sculpture in the colonies and new
republic, with attention to the development of uniquely “American”
approaches to portraiture, landscape, still life, historical events,
and everyday life.
ARTH 252. Art of the United States, 1900– 1970. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
ARTH 254. Twentieth Century Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Focusing primarily on
Western art, a survey of the major modernist and avant-garde
movements of the 20th century, from Fauvism, Cubism, and
Constructivism to Earth Art. Greater emphasis is placed on the
pioneering movements of the first half of the century.
ARTH 255. Late Modern and Contemporary Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Organized
thematically, a survey of key developments, especially in Western
art, during the period from World War II to the present, such as
Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art.
Historical connections are traced to influential pre-war avant-garde
ARTH 257. History of Modern Sculpture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of the
radical shifts in sculptural practices since the late 19th century
through a study of the careers of prominent sculptors: from Rodin and
Brancusi to Duchamp and Picasso, Giacometti, Bourgeois, Noguchi,
Andre, Hesse, and others.
ARTH 258. History of Photography. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of
photography’s history as an art form as well as of its social history,
with attention to how those histories intersect. Organized
thematically by photographic genres: portraiture, landscape,
documentary, and others.
ARTH 259. Modern Architecture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of
architecture from the 19th century to the present, with emphasis on
emerging technologies and new building types. Examines the
contributions to the modern built environment of the Beaux-Arts
school, the Bauhaus, Frank Lloyd Wright, and LeCorbusier, among
ARTH 262. Principles of City Planning. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The development
of city planning as a discipline since the 19th century, including
the contributions of major designers and theoreticians; selected case
studies of particular cities around the globe at various time
periods; and contemporary issues and controversies about the planning
of modern cities.
ARTH 264. History of Graphic Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of prints
and printmaking from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries,
concentrating on woodcut, engraving, etching, and lithography. Among
the artists to be considered are Master E.S., Schongauer, Dürer,
Callot, Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso.
ARTH 270. Art of India. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of Indian art from c.
2000 BCE to the twentieth century, including sculpture,
architecture, and painting of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The major
artworks will be examined within the context of the country’s
religious, social, and political developments.
ARTH 271. Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia. 3 hr.; 3 cr. An
introduction to Buddhist, and Hindu temple building, sculpture and
painting in the countries of Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, Burma,
Cambodia, and Indonesia, with emphasis on form and meaning in
Southeast Asian religious art.
ARTH 272. Art of China. 3 hr.; 3 cr. An exploration of the arts of
China—ceramics, bronzes, sculpture, painting, and architecture—from
the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty, focusing on stylistic
development and thematic concerns.
ARTH 273. Art of Japan. 3 hr.; 3 cr. An examination of Japanese art
from prehistoric Jomon pottery through 19th-century ukiyo-e
woodblock prints. Special attention to the evolution and pattern of
Japanese art in regard to religion, philosophy, and outside
ARTH 274. Art of Korea. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A study of Korean
art—metalwork, sculpture, lacquer, ceramic, and painting—from the
Neolithic period to the twentieth century, examining the development
of these arts in the context of the country’s politics, religion, and
relationships with China and Japan.
ARTH 277. Buddhist Art and Architecture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Buddhist art
and architecture from India, China, Korea, and Japan, as well as
Southeast Asian countries including Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and
Indonesia, emphasizing the cultural and artistic links between the
predominantly Buddhist countries.
ARTH 278. Chinese Painting. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Chinese painting from its
origin and techniques to political symbolism and stylistic variety.
Particular attention is given to philosophical considerations of the
early masters, Neo-Confucian cosmology and Song monumental
landscape, literati painting theory and practice, and the rise of
Ming-Qing individualism as a response to nature, society, and
ARTH 280. Art and Architecture of Ancient Mesoamerica. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Painting, sculpture and architecture from Pre-Columbian Mexico
(1500 BCE to 1521 CE), with particular attention to the Olmec, Maya,
Aztec, and Teotihuacan cultures, along with their writing,
calendars, and belief systems.
ARTH 282. Art and Architecture of the Andes. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey
of ceramics, textiles, metalwork, and monumental sculpture and
architecture produced in the Andean region (mainly modern-day Peru)
from c. 2500 BCE until the Spanish Conquest in the 15th-century CE.
Covers the Chavin, Moche, and Inca cultures, among others.
ARTH 284. Post-Conquest Art of Latin America. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The arts
of Mexico, Central America, and South America from the era of
Columbus to the present, with attention to the dynamic tension between
surviving native artistic traditions and the styles and subjects
imported by Europeans. Covers both the hybrid art of the period of
colonization, and the development of various national schools after
political independence was achieved beginning in the early 19th
ARTH 286. African Art. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of the principal areas
of cultural creativity on the African continent and their distinctive
styles and beliefs, from early tribal civilizations through the
arrival of Islam, the rise of centralized states, and the encounter
with European colonists.
ARTH 300. Senior Colloquium in Art History Methods. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: permission of the department. Required for all majors in
art history. Offered in the fall semester and must be taken in the
student’s senior year. An introduction to both the practical methods
of research and writing in art history and to the range of
intellectual approaches to the interpretation of works of art,
including style and connoisseurship, iconography, and psychological
and sociological methods. Emphasis is on reading and class discussion,
and on a series of exercises to develop techniques for effective
presentation of ideas in both written and oral form, culminating in
an illustrated lecture.
ARTH 310. Museum Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: At least one art history class beyond the survey level (ARTH 200–299). This course
will acquaint students with museum work by providing supervised
participation in the functioning of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
Students will engage in such museum activities as the preparation of
exhibitions and care of the collection. Practical experience will be
supplemented by lectures on the history of the art museum and the
concerns of the contemporary museum world, and by behind-the-scene
visits to other museums. A term paper on a particular object in the museum’s collection is required.
ARTH 320.1–320.4. Internship in Art History. 1–4 hr.; 1–4 cr. Prereq.: 3.0 department average;
a letter of acceptance detailing the research project from the
program to which student is applying; permission of the art history
advisor. An independent course in which a student works for a
semester as an intern in a museum or an agency dealing with works of
art. The course permits the student to develop and undertake a
special research project related to the internship under the
supervision of a department advisor. Evaluation of the student will
be based on a report from a supervisor on student’s work and a written
report on the project.
ARTH 330. Special Problems. 6 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: College average
2.75, department average 3.3. Open to a limited number of qualified
students who want to do independent work in the history of art.
Written application for permission to enroll, stating in detail the
nature and scope of the proposed project, must be submitted to the
department chair at least one month prior to the date of registration.