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History of Art

Students may complete a major or minor in history of art.

Faculty

David J. Cast, Professor and Chair (on leave semester II)
Martha Easton, Lecturer
Christiane Hertel, Professor and Major Adviser
Homay King, Assistant Professor (on leave 2005-06)
Dale Kinney, Professor
Steven Z. Levine, Professor
Gridley McKim-Smith, Professor (on leave semester II)
Lisa Saltzman, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, semester II
Suzanne Spain, Lecturer

The curriculum in history of art immerses students in the study of visual culture. Structured by a set of evolving disciplinary concerns, students learn to interpret the visual through methodologies dedicated to the historical, the material, the critical and the theoretical. Majors are encouraged to supplement courses taken in the department with history of art courses offered at Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. Majors are also encouraged to study abroad for a semester.

Major Requirements

The major requires eleven units, approved by the major adviser. A usual sequence of courses would include at least one 100-level course, four 200-level courses, two 300-level courses, and participation in senior conference. In the course of their departmental studies, students are strongly encouraged to take courses across media and areas, and in at least three of the following fields of study: Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern and Contemporary, Film, and non-Western.

With the approval of the major adviser, courses in fine arts or with significant curricular investment in visual studies may be counted toward the fulfillment of the distribution requirements. Similarly, courses in art history taken abroad or at another institution in the United States may be counted. Generally, no more than two such courses may be counted toward the major requirements.

A senior paper, based on independent research and using scholarly methods of historical and/or critical interpretation must be submitted at the end of the spring semester. Generally 25-40 pages in length, the senior paper represents the culmination of the departmental experience.

Honors

Seniors whose major average at the beginning of the spring semester is 3.7 or higher will be invited to write an honors thesis instead of the senior paper.

Minor Requirements

A minor in history of art requires six units: one or two 100-level courses and four or five others selected in consultation with the major adviser.

HART B100 The Stuff of Art

(Burgmayer, Division III; cross-listed as CHEM B100)

HART B104 The Classical Tradition

An investigation of the historical and philosophical ideas of the classical, with particular attention to the Italian Renaissance and the continuance of its formulations throughout the Westernized world. (Cast, Division III)

HART B105 Poetry and Politics in Landscape Art

An introduction to the representation and perception of nature in different visual media, with attention to such issues as nature and utopia; nature and violence; natural freedom; and the femininity of nature. (Hertel, Division III)

HART B107 Self and Other in the Arts of France, 1500-2000

A study of artists' self-representations in the context of the philosophy and psychology of their time, with particular attention to issues of political patronage, gender and class, power and desire. (Levine, Division III)

HART B108 Women, Feminism and History of Art

An investigation of the history of art since the Renaissance organized around the practice of women artists, the representation of women in art and the visual economy of the gaze. (Easton, Division III)

HART B110 Identification in the Cinema

An introduction to the analysis of film through particular attention to the role of the spectator. (Horne, Division III)

HART B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present

(Hein, Division I or III; cross-listed as ANTH B190 and CITY B190)

HART B204 Greek Sculpture

(Webb, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B205) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B205 Introduction to Film

(Horne, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B205)

HART B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture

(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B206) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B210 Introduction to Western Medieval Art

An overview of artistic production in Europe antiquity to the 14th century. Special attention will be paid to problems of interpretation and recent developments in art-historical scholarship. (Easton, Division III)

HART B210 Medieval Architecture

A survey of medieval building types, including churches, mosques, synagogues, palaces, castles and government structures, from the fourth through the 14th centuries in Europe, the British Isles and the Near East. Special attention to regional differences and interrelations, the relation of design to use, the respective roles of builders and patrons. (Kinney, Division III; cross-listed as CITY B212) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B227 Topics in Modern Planning

(Hein, Division I; cross-listed as CITY B227)

HART B230 Renaissance Art

A survey of painting in Florence and Rome in the 15th and 16th centuries (Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael), with particular attention to contemporary intellectual, social and religious developments. (Cast, Division III) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B232 Latin American Urbanism

(Sandler, Division I; cross-listed as CITY B232)

HART B237 Northern Renaissance

An introduction to painting, graphic arts and sculpture in Germany in the first half of the 16th century, with emphasis on the influence of the Protestant Reformation on the visual arts. Artists studied include Altdorfer, Cranach, Dürer, Grünewald, Holbein and Riemenschneider. (Hertel, Division III)

HART B238 Silent Film: International Film to 1930

(Horne, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B238)

HART B239 Women and Cinema

(Horne, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B239) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B245 Dutch Art of the 17th Century

A survey of painting in the Northern Netherlands with emphasis on such issues as Calvinism, civic organization, colonialism, the scientific revolution, popular culture and nationalism. Attention is given to various approaches to the study of Dutch painting; to its inherited classification into portrait, still life, history, scenes of social life, landscape and architectural paintings; and to the oeuvres of some individual artists, notably Vermeer and Rembrandt. (Hertel, Division III) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B246 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture

(Meyer, Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed with GERM B245) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B250 Nineteenth-Century Painting in France

Close attention is selectively given to the work of Cézanne, Courbet, David, Degas, Delacroix, Géricault, Ingres, Manet and Monet. Extensive readings in art criticism are required. (Levine, Division III)

HART B253 Survey of Western Architecture

(Cast, Hein, Division III; cross-listed as ANTH B254, CITY B253 and HIST B253) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B254 History of Modern Architecture

(Hein, Division III; cross-listed as CITY B254)

HART B255 Survey of American Architecture

(Cohen, Division III; cross-listed as CITY B255)

HART B259 Counter-Cinema: Radical, Revolutionary and Underground Film

(Kahana, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B255) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B266 Contemporary Art and Theory

America, Europe and beyond, from the 1950s to the present, in visual media and visual theory. (Saltzman, Division III)

HART B267 Poets of Cinema

(Mazaj, Division III; cross-listed as COML B267 and ENGL B267)

HART B270 Japanese Architecture and Planning

(Hein, Division III; cross-listed as EAST B270 and CITY B270) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B285 Contemporary International Films

(Mazaj, Division III; cross-listed as COML B285 and ENGL B285)

HART B287 Media Culture and Movies

(Mazaj, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B287)

HART B291 Documentary Film and Media

(Kahana, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B291) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B298 Cultural Diversity and Its Representations

(Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as COML B299 and GERM B299)

HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema

(King, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B299) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B301 Greek Architecture

(Webb, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B302 and CITY B302) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B303 Art and Technology

A consideration of the technological examination of paintings. While studying the appropriate aspects of technology - such as the infrared vidicon, the radiograph and autoradiograph, analysis of pigment samples and pigment cross-sections - students are also encouraged to approach the laboratory in a spirit of creative scrutiny. Raw data neither ask nor answer questions, and it remains the province of the students to shape meaningful questions and answers. Students become acquainted with the technology involved in examining paintings and are encouraged to find fresh applications for available technology in answering art historical questions. (McKim-Smith, Division III) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B305 Classical Bodies

(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B303) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B306 Film Theory

(staff, Division III; cross-listed as COML B306 and ENGL B306)

HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art: Medieval Rome

A seminar on the art, architecture, urban development and ideology of the city of Rome between 300 and 1400. Students will gain an overview of the city's development, familiarity with surviving structures and artworks, and an introduction to the latest research. (Kinney)

HART B312 The Cult of Saints and Medieval Art

This course will examine the interaction between the cult of saints and medieval art, beginning in the fourth century with the legalization of Christianity and ending in the early 16th century. Topics to be discussed include pilgrimage; relics and reliquaries; gender and martyrdom; saintly miracles; illustrated saints' lives; as well as the devotion to individual figures such as Ste. Foy of Conques, Thomas Becket, St. Francis and Joan of Arc. We will also think about the way the cult of the saints extended into the modern age. (Easton)

HART B317 Exhibition and Inhibition: Movies, Pleasure and Social Control

(Horne, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B317)

HART B321 Late-Gothic Painting in Northern Europe

A study of late medieval illuminated manuscripts and Early Netherlandish painting. (Easton) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B324 Roman Architecture

(Scott, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B324, CSTS B324 and CITY B324) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B327 Feminist Film Theory and Practice

An intensive introduction to feminist film theory and films by feminist directors. (King, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B327) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B331 Palladio and Palladianism

A seminar on the diffusion of Palladian architecture from the 16th century to the present. (Cast; cross-listed as CITY B331) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art

(McKim-Smith, Division III; cross-listed as COML B340 and SPAN B340) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B346 Cinema and Popular Memory

(Mazaj, Division III; cross-listed as COML B348 and ENGL B348)

HART B348 Topics in German Art: Picturing Gender

(Meyer, Division III; cross-listed as GERM B348)

HART B349 Theories of Authorship in the Cinema

The study of the author-director remains one of the primary categories through which film is to be understood; various directors and critical approaches to this topic will be studied. (King, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B349) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B350 Topics in Modern Art: Self-portraiture

(Levine, Division III)

HART B354 Topics in Art Criticism

Individual topics in art-historical methodology, such as art and psychoanalysis, feminism, post-structuralism or semiotics are treated. (Levine, Division III; cross-listed as COML B354) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B359 Topics in Urban Culture and Society

(Hein, Division I or III; cross-listed as ANTH B359, GERM B321 and CITY B360) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B377 Topics in Modern Architecture

(Cohen, Division III; cross-listed as CITY B377)

HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art: Visual Culture and the Holocaust

Poems and novels, films and photographs, paintings and performances, monuments and memorials, even comics have been the cultural forms that engage us with the catastrophic and traumatic history of the Holocaust. Through these cultural forms we have come to know events considered by some to defy the very possibility of historical, let alone aesthetic, representation. (Saltzman, Division III; cross-listed as GERM B380 and HEBR B380)

HART B381 Topics in Japanese Art

A study of the visual culture of Japan from prehistory to the present, seen through the lens of history, literature and religion. Trends in contemporary Japanese art in the late 20th and early 21st centuries will also be considered, as will the cultural interaction of Japan, China and the West. (Easton, Division III; cross-listed as EAST B381) Not offered in 2005-06.

HART B398 Senior Conference

A critical review of the discipline of art history in preparation for the senior paper. Required of all majors. (Cast, McKim-Smith)

HART B399 Senior Conference

A seminar for the discussion of senior research papers and such theoretical and historical concerns as may be appropriate to them. Interim oral reports. Required of all majors; culminates in the senior paper. (Easton, Levine)

HART B403 Supervised Work

Advanced students may do independent research under the supervision of a faculty member whose special competence coincides with the area of the proposed research. Consent of the supervising faculty member and of the major adviser is required. (staff)

 
     
 
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