Undergraduate Art History Offerings Fall - 2013
Please check the Online COD to confirm the following information. Updates can occur at any time and the information here is to be used as a guideline.
Undergraduate students can also register for ARAH 5000 level courses.
ARTH 1051 - History of Art I
TTR 12:30 - 1:45 CAM 158
A survey of the great monuments of art and architecture from their beginnings in caves through the arts of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic world, and medieval western Europe. The course attempts to make art accessible to students with no background in the subject, and it explains the ways in which painting, sculpture, and architecture are related to mythology, religion, politics, literature, and daily life. The course serves as a visual introduction to the history of the West.
ARTH 1500 Art and War
TTR 2:00 - 3:15 FHL 208
his introductory seminar will explore the enduring theme of warfare in the visual arts across a wide swath of times and cultures. The class will examine a variety of media including paintings, prints, sculpture, and film that range from the celebratory to the deeply critical. The class will also consider how warfare shaped fine art's relationship to the state and the concept of national culture more generally.
ARTH 2053 Greek Art
MWF 10:00 - 10:50 CAM 160
A survey of Greek art from ca. 1000 B.C. to ca. 100 B.C. Works of Greek painting and sculpture are studied in their cultural settings-- in agora, temple, and cemetery; in Panhellenic sanctuaries and private houses. The course examines such themes as mythological narrative, artistic conventions, gender distinctions in art, and heroic and athletic nudity.
ARTH 2153 Romanesque and Gothic Art
TTR 3:30 - 4:45 CAM 160
From the Romanesque churches along the Pilgrimage Routes to the new Gothic architecture at St. Denis outside Paris and on to late medieval artistic production in Prague, this course examines profound and visually arresting expressions of medieval piety, devotion, and power made by artists from roughly 1000-1500. Throughout our investigations, particular attention will be paid to the contributions of important medieval women.
ARTH 2251 Italian Renaissaince Art
MW 3:30 - 4:45 CAM 160
Studies painting, architecture, and sculpture in Italy from the close of the Middle Ages through the sixteenth century. Focuses on the work of major artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.
ARTH 2252 High Renaissance and Mannerist Art
TTR 12:30 - 1:45 CAM 160
Studies the painting, architecture, and sculpture or the sixteenth century, emphasizing the works of major artists, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgione, and Titian. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.
ARTH 2354 British Art
TTR 9:30 - 10:45 CAM 160
This survey of British Art in the modern period examines the work of some of Britain's greatest painters, sculptors, and printmakers including Hogarth, Blake, Flaxman, Turner, the Pre-Raphaelites, Sickert, Bacon, and Freud. Major themes include the relationship of British art to religion, urbanization, empire, industrialization, and post-colonialism.
ARTH 2471 Art Since 1945
TTR 3:30 - 4:30 CAM 153
Surveys art production and theory in the U.S. and Europe since World War II. Relationships between artistic practice and critical theory are stressed in an examination of movements ranging from abstract expressionism to neo-geo.
ARTH 2751 American Art to the Armory Show
TTR 11:00 - 12:15 CAM 160
This lecture course will examine American visual arts from the time of European settlement to around 1900 with special emphasis on its political, social and cultural contexts. The course is both chronological and thematic. It focuses on major artistic figures, but it also focuses on issues such as the construction of an American identity, the role of fine arts in American society, and the tensions of class, gender, race & ethnicity in Amer Art.
ARTH 2871 The Arts of India
TTR 2:00 - 3:15 CAM 160
The class is an overview of Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the Third Millennium BC to the 18th century AD and includes works from Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic traditions.
ARTH 3254 Leonardo da Vinci
MW 2:00 - 3:15 CAM 160
An analysis of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, drawings, and notes, giving special attention to his writings and drawings on human anatomy, the theory of light and shade, color theory, and pictorial composition. His work is considered in relation to the works of fellow artists such as Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo as well as within the context of Renaissance investigation of the natural world. Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.
ARTH 3559 Photography and Disappearance
TTR 2:00 - 3:15 FHL 208
This course explores connections between photography and the vanishing image. Beginning with Henry Fox Talbot’s “fairy pictures,” at the cusp of the technology, the course will move through a consideration of late nineteenth-century spirit photography and then delve into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by looking at photographers who invoke disappearance by different means.
ARTH 3591 Mysteries of Ancient China
MW 3:30 - 4:45 FHL 206
Through the close study of well-documented archaeological sites of ancient China, which reveal ritual practices as well as astonishing grave goods that include spectacular jades and bronzes, this course explores the Chinese notions of afterlife, ancestor worship, state ritual, and immortality cults. The material culture and beliefs and practices examined form a backdrop to understanding the period when ancient Chinese civilization was formed
ARTH 3591 Virtual Archaeology
TTR 12:30 - 1:45 FHL 206
This course presents the history, methods, and several case studies of virtual archaeology.
ARTH 3591 Masterpieces of Roman Art
TTR 3:30 - 4:45 FHL 215
Small discussion-oriented course: exercises in the description, analysis, contextualization, and interpretation of Roman art. Some of the material we examine is in the UVA Art Museum (sculptures and coins). Writing is a key component of the course. There are weekly written assignments and we will be self-consciously careful and self-critical in those writing exercises.
ARTH 3591 The Modern Asian South
MW 2:00 - 3:15 CAM 105
This course is an introduction to the history and development of the modern South Asian city (c. 1850-present). We will examine the role played by the built environment in the construction of modern identities, as well as the influence of changing political, economic, and social institutions on urban centers in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
ARTH 3651 Anthropology of Australian Aboriginal Art
M 3:30 - 6 Brooks Hall 103
This class studies the intersection of anthropology, art and material culture focusing on Australian Aboriginal art. We examine how Aboriginal art has moved from relative obscurity to global recognition over the past 30 yrs. Topics include the historical and cultural contexts of invention, production, marketing and appropriation of Aboriginal art. Students will conduct research using the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center.
ARTH 4591 16th to 17th Century South Asian Painting
M 1:00 - 3:30 FHL 206
The class covers the history and the historiography of Indian painting with primary emphasis on the early development of the Mughal style in the 16th century and the beginnings of the schools of Rajasthan.
ARTH 4591 Astronomy and Medieval Mystcism
W 3:30 - 6:00 FHL 215
Fanciful, scientific, and deeply moving devotional artworks from the early to late middle ages attest to the lived personal experiences of medieval men and women. As crafted confessions of their spiritual engagement with the cosmos and the divine through regulated and novel strategies of study and ascetic praxis, the objects in this course investigate normative spirituality and marginal mystical practices from the medieval period.
ARTH 4591 Art and Myth
W 1:00 - 3:30 FHL 206
A study of mythological art from classical antiquity to the modern period in relation to Ovid's Metamorphoses, with emphasis on the Renaissance and Baroque periods. We will discuss work by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Velazquez, Picasso and many others.
ARTH 4591 Palladio and Palladianism
M 1:00 - 3:30 FHL 208
The course will survey the distinctive contribution of Andrea Palladio to Italian Renaissance architecture as well as his influence on later architecture in England and America. Among topics considered will be the Renaissance villa, church design, Palladio and urbanism, Palladio's Quattro Libri and Renaissance treatises on architecture, and Thomas Jefferson's debt to Palladio and Palladianism.
ARTH 4591 Art History's Feminisms
T 1:00 - 3:30 FHL 215
Oriented to a series of recent reappraisals, this seminar will examine the historical transformations of feminist approaches to and practices of art history. Taking off from Linda Nochlin’s call to arms, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" (1971), we will move to consider current reassessments in the form of scholarly symposia, exhibitions, and publications.
ARTH 4591 Politics of the Past
W 3:30 - 6:00 CAM 107
The seminar focuses on the cultural politics involving antiquities and art, and their utilization in national and other discourses. Issues include archaeology in the service of the state; sanctimony and stewardship of ancient sites; repatriation of art; commodification of ancient culture in contemporary society; spoils of war; politics and ethics of connoisseurship and collecting; illicit antiquities trade.
ARTH 4591 Pilgrimage
W 2:00 - 4:30 FHL 208
Pilgrimage is generally described as a journey of religious significance often to a shrine of great importance to the pilgrim’s religion. This seminar will consider the art and architecture associated with such journeys from around the world. The course will also emphasize the development of oral presentation, research and writing skills, as each member of the seminar will work on a major research project throughout the semester.
ARTH 4591 Art and Empathy
T 2:00 - 4:30 CAM 107
This undergraduate seminar traces the concept of Empathy from the “passions” of enlightenment philosophy to the Einfühlung of nineteenth-century aesthetics, and addresses its moral and ethical ramifications for the present.
ARTH 4951 University Museums Internship
This is the first semester internship at either UVA Art Museum or Kluge Ruhe. Students will work approximately 100 hours per semester in the museum, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars. Instructor Permission; by application deadline May 1 please see information at www.virginia.edu/art/arthistory/courses and www.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/globaldevelopment