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Course Catalog

History of Western Art

This course advances the belief that art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world — equal to but distinct from other methods of inquiry and certainty. By charting the emergence of unique and continuous traditions of visual imagery from Chauvet to the last works of the postimpressionists, this course highlights canonical paintings and sculpture from major periods of Western culture. Focusing on the key innovations, personalities and styles of Western art, this general survey class encourages a basic appreciation, analysis, recognition and interpretation of art.

Core Curriculum Designation: WT
Grade Basis: Letter Grade
Credits: 4.0