McIntire Department of Art
Rugby Faculty Apartments, 203 Rugby Road
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400130
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130
In addition to the entrance requirements of the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences, admission to graduate study in the history of art normally
requires an average of B+ or better in an undergraduate major in the field and
a command of either French, Italian, or German. Outstanding students who have
majored in another field may be considered but, if admitted, should expect to
take a certain number of basic undergraduate courses for which no degree credit
will be granted.
Master of Arts Candidates for the degree of Master of
Arts in the History of Art are required to pass a minimum of 30 credits of courses
at the 500 level or above and a written comprehensive examinations in two major
fields. A masters essay is also required. Normally this program can be
completed in four semesters.
Students who focus on Western art are expected to take at least
one course in each of the five major areas-Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern,
and Non-Western art-as well as ARTH 501, Library Methodology, and ARTH 801,
Theory and Interpretation. Students who focus on Asian art are expected to take
courses in both South and East Asian art, at least one course in three of the
major areas of Western art, as well as ARTH 501, Library Methodology and ARTH
801, Theory and Interpretation. The remaining courses may be spread among the
students two major fields, or other fields as they and their advisors
For students of Western art, reading knowledge of German and
either French or Italian is required. For students in Asian studies knowledge
of German or French is required. Proficiency in at least one of these languages
must be demonstrated during the first semester of study. Proficiency in the
second language must be demonstrated early in the second year of study. The
student must satisfy this requirement by passing an examination administered
by the department.
Doctor of Philosophy To enter the doctoral program,
the student must obtain the permission of the faculty. For students who wish
to continue, application is made as work for the M.A. is completed, usually
in the second semester of the second year. In exceptional cases, the faculty
will review a students work after the first year of graduate study and
give that student permission to enter the Ph.D. program after completing M.A.
course work. Such students do not complete the comprehensive examination and
the masters essay and do not receive a masters degree. Doctoral
candidates are required to complete successfully a minimum of 24 credits of
courses at the 500 level or above, beyond those required for the masters
degree. They must also pass a written examination in the major field, write
a dissertation, and, after the dissertation has been accepted, defend it in
an oral examination.
Each students program is to be approved by the Departmental
Director of Graduate Studies. A member of the graduate faculty in the students
field of specialization must approve a dissertation proposal outlining the subject
and scope of the dissertation and a research plan. When the proposal has been
approved by the advisor and members of a dissertation committee chosen by the
student in consultation with the advisor, it will be circulated among the faculty,
who may offer comments or suggestions. In addition to the languages required
for the M.A. degree, students may be required to have a reading knowledge of
other languages necessary for work in their major field.
Program in Classical Art and Archaeology
In addition to its regular degree programs, the Department
of Art sponsors an interdisciplinary program in classical art and archaeology,
leading to the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. The program encourages the student
to acquire a broad understanding of ancient culture. Reading knowledge of Greek
and Latin is encouraged; credit is given for courses in ancient studies offered
by other departments. Course work outside the Department of Art may lead to
the choice of a special field in ancient history, religion, philosophy, or literature.
In order that the student be acquainted with the survival and transformation
of ancient art in the post-Classical period, course work in early medieval art
is also required. At an appropriate stage in their graduate study, students
in the program are encouraged to do field work in archaeology at an ancient
Although the program is flexible, a course in theory and methodology,
such as ARTH 801, is required. The curriculum is determined by students
preparation, interests, and needs, with about two-thirds of the ten courses
needed for the M.A. concentrated in ancient study. Students prepare for the
Comprehensive Examination in the two fields of ancient and early medieval art.
Language requirements in French and German are met before students take the
History of Art
Certain graduate courses are given in alternate years, or once
every three years, or are temporarily suspended. New courses may be added after
the publication date of this catalog. A more current list of course offerings
may be obtained by writing to the secretary of the department.
Note: Instructor permission is a prerequisite for all 500-level courses.
ARTH 501 - (1) (Y)
Library Methodology in the Visual Arts
Required for all entering graduate students. Introduces the
bibliography of the visual arts including architecture, archaeology, painting,
sculpture, and the graphic arts. Specific research and reference publications
are analyzed in terms of their scope, special features, and applications to
meeting research and information needs.
ARTH 516 - (3) (IR)
Surveys Roman architecture in Italy and the Roman Empire from
the Republic to Constantine, with special emphasis on developments in the city
ARTH 518 - (3) (IR)
Roman Imperial Art and Architecture I
Surveys Roman sculpture, painting, architecture, and minor
arts from Augustus to Trajan.
ARTH 519 - (3) (IR)
Roman Imperial Art and Architecture II
Surveys Roman sculpture, mosaics, architecture, and minor arts
from Trajan to Constantine.
ARTH 522 - (3) (IR)
Surveys the art of Byzantium and its cultural dependencies,
from its roots in the late Antique period to the last flowering under the Palaeologan
ARTH 533 - (3) (IR)
Italian Fifteenth Century Painting I
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Studies the major and minor masters
of the Quattrocento in Florence, Siena, Central Italy, Venice and North Italy.
ARTH 536 - (3) (IR)
Italian Sixteenth-Century Painting
Studies the High Renaissance, Mannerism, the Maniera, and related
movements in Cinquecento painting.
ARTH 547 - (3) (IR)
Dutch Painting in the Golden Age
Surveys the major artists and schools of the United Provinces
from about 1580-1680, including Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer, and Jacob van
Ruisdael, seen in the context of Dutch culture and history. Emphasizes the iconographic
method of interpreting daily-life genre and landscape, the role of theory in
Dutch art, and the character of Dutch realism.
ARTH 553 - (3) (IR)
Modern Art 1885-1940
A history of the individual and group movements that generated
the new form and content of twentieth-century art. Includes post-impressionism,
symbolism, art nouveau, cubism and derivative movements, French and German expressionism,
dada, and surrealism. Discusses the cultural context, iconographic meaning,
and form of the new art.
ARTH 558 - (3) (IR)
Approaches to American Art
Introduces historiography and methodology of American art history
from earliest discussions to the present by analyzing one particular mode over
ARTH 567 - (3) (IR)
Text and Image in Chinese Buddhist Art
Examines the relationship between text and image in Chinese
Mahayana Buddhist art through analyzing important Buddhist texts and the visual
representations associated with them. Explores interpretive theories such as
narrative and ritual. Considers the roles of patrons, the clergy, and artists
as mediating agents in the process of translating ideas into visual expressions.
ARTH 590 - (3) (Y)
A lecture course on the purpose and operation of an art museum,
based on the four functions that define a museum: acquisition, preservation,
exhibition, and interpretation of visual art. Approaches the purpose and organization
of a special exhibition and its attendant publication and programs both theoretically
and through the organization of an exhibition for the Bayly Museum.
ARTH 591, 592 - (3) (S)
Advanced Readings in the History of Art
ARTH 713, 714 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Ancient Art
Reading and research on problems in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman
ARTH 721, 722 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Medieval Art
Reading and research on problems in medieval art and its social
ARTH 731, 732 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Italian Art
Reading and research on problems in Italian art and its social
ARTH 733 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Northern Renaissance Art
Reading and research on problems in Northern European art in
the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
ARTH 741, 742 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Baroque Art
Reading and research on problems in the art of the seventeenth
century in Western Europe.
ARTH 750 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Eighteenth-Century Art
Reading and research on problems in the art of the eighteenth
ARTH 751, 752 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Nineteenth-Century Art
Reading and research on problems in nineteenth-century art.
ARTH 753, 754 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Twentieth Century Art
Reading and research on problems in twentieth-century art.
ARTH 758 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in American Art
Reading and research on problems in American art.
ARTH 761, 762 - (3) (S)
Research Problems in Asian Art
Reading and research on problems in the visual arts of Asia.
ARTH 801 - (3) (Y)
Theory and Interpretation in the Visual Arts
Analyzes the literature
of art theory with a view to defining the most important alternatives available
to art historical writing today. Reviews
the work of "critical" historians of art including Wolfflin, Riegl
and Panofsky, and more recent attempts to develop phenomenological, semiotic,
Marxist, and feminist positions.
ARTH 822 - (3) (IR)
Art in the Age of Justinian
Studies the art of the Byzantine Empire of the sixth century,
the personal role of Justinian, the impact of theological controversies and
political realities, and the artistic legacy.
ARTH 827 - (3) (IR)
English Art from the Twelfth through the Fourteenth Centuries
Studies in church building and decoration, and manuscript illumination.
ARTH 833 - (3) (IR)
The Formation of Renaissance Style in Florence
Studies the new art of the early Quattrocento in sculpture,
architecture, and painting; its sources, protagonists, principles, and historical
ARTH 837 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Renaissance Art and Literature
Studies of historical and stylistic relationships between artists
and writers of the sixteenth century. The works of Ariosto, Dossi, Castiglione,
Raphael, and others will be considered in an attempt to define specific patterns
of sixteenth-century intellectual and cultural history.
ARTH 838 - (3) (IR)
Studies the development of Michelangelos style in
sculpture, painting, drawing, and architecture including problems of attribution,
ARTH 859 - (3) (IR)
Problems in Twentieth-Century Art
Investigates selected problems and periods in the art of this
ARTH 880 - (3) (IR)
Modern Poetry and the Visual Arts
Investigates the meaning of painting, sculpture, and architecture
to poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. Discusses their poetry in relation
to the aesthetics of visual art, art history, and art criticism. Cross-listed
as ENSP 880.
ARTH 890 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Museum Studies or Studies in Museum Exhibition and Interpretation
Artifactual study and related scholarship in preparation for
museum exhibition and analysis of strategies of past and present exhibition
ARTH 895 - (3-12) (S)
Special Reading Problems in the History of Art
ARTH 897 - (3-12) (Y)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
For masters research,
taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ARTH 898 - (3-12) (Y)
For masters thesis, taken under the supervision
of a thesis director.
ARTH 913, 914 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Greek Art
Investigates problems in Greek sculpture and painting.
ARTH 917, 918 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Roman Art
Investigates problems in Roman art.
ARTH 921 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Byzantine Art
Investigates problems in the art of the Byzantine Empire from
the 6th to the 15th centuries.
ARTH 924 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Romanesque Art
Investigates problems in the art of Western Europe in the 11th
and 12th centuries.
ARTH 929 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Gothic Art
Investigates problems in European art of the 12th, 13th, and
ARTH 931 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Italian Renaissance Art
Investigates problems in Italian art of the 13th through the
ARTH 935 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Italian Renaissance Painting
Investigates problems in Italian painting of the 15th and 16th
ARTH 936 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Northern Renaissance Art
Investigates problems in the art of the Netherlands and Germany
in the 15th and 16th centuries.
ARTH 947 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Northern Baroque Art
Investigates problems in the art of the Netherlands during
the 17th century.
ARTH 949 - (3) (IR)|
Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Art
Investigates problems in 18th century art.
ARTH 951 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Neoclassic Art
Investigates problems in neoclassic art.
ARTH 952 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Romantic Art
Investigates problems in the art of the later 18th and first
half of the 19th century in Europe.
ARTH 953 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Art
Investigates problems in the art of the 19th century in Europe.
ARTH 957 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Modern Art
Investigates problems in the art of the 19th and 20th centuries.
ARTH 958 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in American Art
Investigates problems in American art.
ARTH 962 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in East Asian Art
ARTH 964 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in South Asian Art
ARTH 970 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in African American Art
Investigates problems in 19th- and 20th-century art by Americans
of African descent.
ARTH 980 - (3) (IR)
Problems in Contemporary Art
Investigates the relationship between a current problem in
contemporary art (e.g., censorship, gender representation, aesthetic pluralism,
or multiculturalism) and current theories about the socially constructed nature
of art production/consumption.
ARTH 995 - (3-12) (S)
ARTH 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director
has been selected.
ARTH 999 - (3-12) (S)
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a