This course examines the art of Europe and the Unites States from about 1400 to the present, with an emphasis on developments in painting. Rather than a traditional survey of that period, this course will concentrate on a select group of representative works that shaped—and were shaped by—Western social, political, economic, and intellectual history. There will be a strong emphasis, too, on questions of analysis and interpretation—including, in some cases, the changing history of the artworks' reception. The goal will be to impart not only a body of knowledge but also a set of critical tools, including visual literacy, that students will be able to apply to a wide range of material not specifically covered in this course.
GE VPA or historical study and diversity global studies course