School of Humanities and Sciences

Art History Courses

ARTH 11100 - Episodes in Western Art 3B G H HU LA

An introduction to art history through close examinations of selected works and themes from prehistory to the present. The chosen topics, primarily based on painting and sculpture from the Western tradition, will be discussed from a variety of perspectives, including style, artists' techniques and materials, potential meanings, and historical context. The course is designed to familiarize students with key terms and skills employed by art historians, as well as conventions and institutions associated with Western art. The course will cover a broad history of art while simultaneously raising questions about the sources and authority of that history. Not open to seniors. 3 credits. (Y)

ARTH 11300 - Elements of Architecture 3B FA LA

A primer on the topic of architecture and architectural history. Acquaints students with the art of making buildings through a discussion of a variety of topics, among them materials, structure, mechanics, space, and light. Architectural theory is also introduced, from the ideas of Vitruvius through some of the more provocative pronouncements of Venturi. Students will learn to consider the activity surrounding the creation of architecture, including the interaction of architects, clients, builders, and even the natural forces that act upon buildings. Features architectural vocabulary, mastery of which is necessary for the analysis and understanding of architectural forms. Not open to seniors. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ARTH 11400 - Architecture across Cultures 3B FA G H LA

An investigation of world architecture, organized by architectural type. Examining such topics as spaces of dwelling, worship, and commerce comparatively across time and place sheds light on the ways in which cultural values and identities are shaped and expressed in architectural form. Students study architectural variety across cultures as an expression of historical, material, and cultural difference, and shared traits between cultures as responses to universal social needs, structural possibilities, and spatial strategies. Not open to seniors. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 12500 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H HU LA
ARTH 12504 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H HU LA

Introduction to the discipline of art history by a review of major categories of art (i.e., portraiture, landscape, genre, still-life, narrative painting, abstraction, representation, sculpture, architecture) within the context of a single theme or period. Not open to seniors. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 13500 - Introduction to Visual Culture 3B G H HU LA

An examination of the crucial roles that images and objects play in shaping our society. The course covers the larger culture of visual images, including art, print, media, film, photography, and electronic media, and focuses on how images define, shape, and communicate beliefs and behaviors in a variety of contexts. The course emphasizes developing a sense of "visual literacy" and becoming more self-consciously aware of the act and nature of looking, in a world in which ideas increasingly are communicated in visual, rather than linguistic, form. Not open to seniors. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 16000 - Art Across Cultures 3B G H HU LA

A cross-cultural comparison of artistic and visual production and introduction to fundamental concepts, terms, and visual analysis skills used in art history. By juxtaposing a variety of artistic cultures across time and space, this course will address how and why various peoples create art and communicate visually. Organization by theme will highlight different visual conventions and approaches to a range of subjects as well as the cultural and historical reasons for those differences. Not open to seniors. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 20100 - Practicing Art History 3B HU LA

Designed to develop skills necessary for critical reading of art historical texts and for recognizing and using a variety of art historical methods. An overview of the history of art history. Presentations by department faculty on individual research practices and methods will be additional components. Among the types of art historical writing that are included are formal analysis, iconography, biography, psychoanalytic interpretation, Marxist and feminist art history, and semiotics. Intended for art history majors; open to nonmajors on a space-available basis. Prerequisites for art history majors: One course in the humanities or fine arts. Prerequisites for others: One course in the humanities or fine arts; permission of instructor; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ARTH 20200 - Body Language 3B HU LA

An examination of the human body as a form of visual expression in Western culture. Considers, feature by feature, standards that traditionally have been used to distinguish what is beautiful (or good) from what has been designated as ugly (or bad). Students then investigate how standards have been used to develop potent visual stereotypes that distinguish sex, age, race, and class, and consider contemporary images that affirm or challenge these stereotypes. Visual material includes both traditional art and images from popular culture. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ARTH 20300 - Egypt and Its Neighbors 3B G H HU LA

Survey of the art of the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Minoans, and Myceneans to gain an understanding of these cultures and to see what cross-cultural influences existed among them. Covers the beginning of historical times -- circa 3000 B.C. -- to about 1200 B.C. in the Aegean and 600 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 20800 - Mythology and Art 3B G H HU LA

Introduces students to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome through works of art that have illustrated these stories over the last 2,500 years. Using painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, book illustrations, decorative arts, and films, we study the ways that artists have represented, interpreted, and even transformed myths over time. The course is organized around specific myths, allowing us to trace a single motif through the hands of many illustrators. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 20900 - Introduction to the Roman World 3B G H HU LA

Explores the many facets of Roman life as revealed through material culture; the arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, mosaics, pottery, metalwork); and the archaeological remains that shed light on the way Romans conducted their everyday lives. This is a thematic, rather than chronological, course. Survey of the art of the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Minoans, and Myceneans to gain an understanding of these cultures and to see what cross-cultural influences existed among them. Covers the beginning of historical times -- circa 3000 B.C. -- to about 1200 B.C. in the Aegean and 600 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 21500 - The Power of the Print 3B FA G H LA

Addresses the ways in which the printed image, sometimes in conjunction with written text, has attempted to influence the way people think and act. Through the different print media, ranging from woodcuts to silk screens, anonymous artists and great masters alike have made prints packed with powerful messages. We study the way in which prints succeed in carrying those messages, be they religious, military, political, or social. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 21700 - British Art and Architecture I: 1066-1660 3B G H HU LA

Studies of selected works of visual art from major periods in British history, to include British architecture, painting, costume, and design and their relationship to the societies that produced them. Includes survey of Roman, Saxon, and Celtic Britain. Visits to museums and field trips. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ARTH 21800 - British Art and Architecture II: 1660-1914 3B G H HU LA

A study of selected works of visual art from recent periods in Britain's history and their relationship to the societies that produced them. Analysis of various styles in painting, architecture, costume, and ornament. Visits to museums and field trips. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ARTH 21900 - Arts of Antiquity: Greece and Rome 3B FA G H LA

Bronze Age art of the Aegean, Greek art from the geometric through the Hellenistic periods, and Roman art to the end of the pagan era. Satisfies the art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400 requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 22100 - Introduction to the Medieval World 3B G H HU LA

Explores different facets of medieval life as revealed through the visual and material culture of the Middle Ages. Organized by theme rather than chronology. Topics include modern fascinations with the medieval, religious functions and contexts for images, medieval places and spaces, visual storytelling, images and objects of daily life, and medieval images of death. Investigates a variety of types of objects and images (including buildings, sculpture, manuscript illumination, metalwork, and mosaics), as well as archaeological remains of medieval life. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits (IRR)

ARTH 22200 - Architecture from Catacombs to Cathedrals 3B FA G H LA

A survey of medieval European architecture from the early Christian through the Gothic periods. The course follows developments in structure, form, patronage, and function of both religious and secular architecture, ranging from the earliest Christian places of worship and burial to late Gothic cathedrals and palaces. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 23000 - Italian Renaissance Art 3B G H HU LA

Painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 14th through 16th centuries in Italy. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture from the years 1400 to 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 23100 - Northern Renaissance Art 3B G H HU LA

A thematic and chronological exploration of painting, printmaking, and sculpture of northern Europe from the late 14th century through the mid-16th century. Explores such topics as the nature of realism in Flemish panel painting; the physical production and marketing of northern European artworks; the persuasive and subversive impact of printmaking; the effect of the Reformation upon image making; and the development of landscape painting and portraiture. Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, and Pieter Brueghel the Elder are among the artists whose work is emphasized. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture from the years 1400 to 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 23200 - Architecture from Renaissance to Revolution 3B FA G H LA

An exploration of European architecture from the 15th to the 18th centuries, focusing on issues of form, space, structure, and meaning. The course begins and ends with "rebirths" of antiquity, considering in-between architectural ideas that seem to stray as far as possible from the classical tradition. Concepts such as Renaissance, baroque, rococo, and neoclassical are examined, as are relevant political and religious circumstances. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture from the years 1400 to 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 23300 - Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design 3B FA G H LA

Introduction to the history of open space design, with an emphasis placed on the city. Examination of the principles that generate successful spaces at several scales, from pocket parks and public squares to ceremonial sites and ideal cities. Analysis of the cultural meanings embedded in urban space. Regions covered include Western Europe and Russia, the Americas, and Asia. Chronological scope ranges from ancient to contemporary. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 23400 - Baroque Art 3B G H HU LA

Major developments in 17th-century painting and sculpture, especially in Italy, Holland, and Flanders. Caravaggio, Bernini, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Rubens are included. Satisifies the "art, visual culture, or architecture from the years 1400 to 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ARTH 24000 - Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Architecture 3B FA H LA

A historical survey of significant architects and their works, from the 19th century to the present. Includes a discussion of aspects of style, design theory, technological developments, and architectural vocabulary. Emphasizes the role of the architect in modern society. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture after the year 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 25100 - Nineteenth-Century European Art 3B G H HU LA

Major styles of 19th-century painting and sculpture, especially in France but also in Spain, England, and Germany. Neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, and postimpressionism are covered. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture after the year 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ARTH 25200 - Twentieth-Century European Art 3B G H HU LA

Study of leading European painters and sculptors of the 20th century. Major movements from fauvism and expressionism through cubism, futurism, dadaism, and surrealism. Includes Rouault, Munch, Nolde, Kokoschka, Klee, Kandinsky, Matisse, Picasso, Boccioni, Mondrian, Tatlin, Duchamp, DeChirico, and Miró. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture after the year 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ARTH 26000 - Pre-Columbian Art 3B G H HU LA

Introduces students to art produced in Mesoamerica and the Andes up to the time of contact with European cultures. Discusses artworks, monuments, and objects associated with many of the major cultures of these regions, including Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Moche, Paracas, Mazca, Wari, and Inca. Organized chronologically within each major region. Emphasizes the range of approaches used in the study of art and art history. Satisfies the art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400 requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S-Y)

ARTH 26500 - Modern Latin American Art 3B G H HU LA

Explores artistic production in Latin America from the independence period (19th century) through the 20th century, and identifies competing definitions of what it means to be "modern" and "Latin American." Major themes include artistic contributions to the creation of national identity, Latin American artists' negotiations of European, indigenous, and African traditions, the rise of internationalism and the art market, and the relationship between art, politics, social activism, and resistance. Addresses the following major artistic trends, among others: the academic tradition, modernismo, the Mexican mural movement, indigenismo, surrealism, constructive universalism, abstraction, conceptual art, and postmodernism. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture after the year 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F or S, Y)

ARTH 26800 - Introduction to Japanese Culture 1 G H HU LA

This interdisciplinary, team-taught introduction to the history and culture of Japan incorporates history, art history, literature, geography, religion, and contemporary affairs to create an understanding of Japan from its origins to the present. Prerequisites: One course in the fine arts, humanities, or social sciences; sophomore standing. Students may not earn credit for both ARTH 26800 and HIST 26800. 3 credits. (O)

ARTH 27500 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27501 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27502 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27503 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27504 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27505 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27506 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA
ARTH 27507 - Selected Topics in Art History 3B FA G H LA

This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 28300 - American Visual Culture: 1690-1960 3B H HU LA

Relates the images and objects made by and for Americans to the society that produced them. Organized in a thematic fashion around topics such as democracy, colonialism, progress, materialism, and pop culture. Traditional "art historical" media (painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic arts) are joined by vernacular building, industrial design, costume, advertising, film, photography, and television to create a fuller picture of American life and culture over three centuries. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture after the year 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in art history, or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ARTH 28500 - Art since 1960 3B G HU LA

Critically explores various avant-garde strategies used since 1960, when artists' practices radically changed. At that time, different working methods combining different media -- and challenging long-held notions of art, artists, society, and even reality -- were introduced. The question, But is it art? is one of the central issues debated. Focus on the so-called failure of modernist art, and how postmodernist, postcolonialist, and postfeminist issues define artistic practice today. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture after the year 1750" requirement in the major. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 30600 - The Romantic Movement in British Art and Architecture FA LA

A study of the romantic movement in British art and architecture, 1790-1837. The course includes an analysis of the period's styles in painting and architecture, of the ideas that inspired them, and of the society that produced them. Emphasis is placed on first-hand study of buildings and works of art. Visits to galleries and museums; field trips. Prerequisites: One course in art history; two additional courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ARTH 30700 - Victorian Art and Society HU LA

A study of painting, costume, furniture, and monuments in terms of artistic and social value. Field trips and visits to museums and galleries. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 31800 - Memorable Cities FA LA

An investigation of the architecture and urban design of cities distinguished by their physical beauty or by their status as political, religious, or cultural capitals (e.g., Paris, Rome, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Kyoto). The objectives of the course are twofold: (1) to explore the components of successful city design by analyzing architectural ensembles and urban patterns, and (2) to analyze the ways in which political and cultural values are expressed in urban form. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (O)

ARTH 32000 - Sculpture at First Hand FA LA

An issues-oriented course dealing with actual sculpture on the Ithaca College and Cornell campuses. Discussions center on controversial issues, such as the public funding of outdoor sculpture, originals versus copies, and restoration and preservation. The course also addresses technical problems and historical issues. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 33100 - Studies in Art from Ancient to Renaissance FA HU LA
ARTH 33101 - Studies in Art from Ancient to Renaissance FA HU LA

Advanced studies of focused issues in the history of ancient, medieval, or Renaissance art. Specific course topic varies. May be repeated for credit for different topics. Prerequisites: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above. Further prerequisites may be added according to the topic. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 33600 - Late Renaissance Art in Italy HU LA

A study of the painting and sculpture of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and other Italian artists of the 16th century. High Renaissance, mannerism, and the golden age of Venice are discussed as concepts, and works are considered in a cultural context. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts, including one art history course; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 34100 - Women Artists and Cultural Change HU LA

A survey of women artists working from the Renaissance to the present, with an emphasis placed on the interconnections between feminism and women's art. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 34200 - Images of Women in Western Art HU LA

An examination of women as subject matter in Western art and the cultural attitudes that various images of women reflect. Goddesses, saints, witches, queens, prostitutes, and mothers are among the topics of discussion. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (O)

ARTH 35000 - Studies in Art from Baroque to Modern HU LA

Advanced studies of focused issues in art from the period between the 17th century and the present. Specific course topic varies. May be repeated for credit for different topics. Prerequisites: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above. Further prerequisites may be added according to topic. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 35001 - Selected Topics in Art History HU LA

ARTH 35800 - Form, Function, and Fantasy: Architecture since 1945 HU LA

The decades since World War II have been a time of extraordinary freedom and exploration in architecture and the most intense period of building in the history of the planet. In what direction is architecture headed? This course considers this question and related issues by examining recent and current architecture of Europe, the Western hemisphere, and the Far East. Prerequisites: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 37500 - Selected Topics in Art History FA HU LA

This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 38000 - Studies in Architectural History and Theory FA HU LA
ARTH 38002 - Studies in Architectural History and Theory FA HU LA

Advanced studies of focused issues in the history of architecture and architectural theory. Specific course topic varies. May be repeated for credit for different topics. Prerequisites: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above. Further prerequisites may be added according to the topic. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 38100 - Art and Architecture of Washington, D.C. FA LA

Examines the art and architecture of Washington, D.C., and its major institutions. Emphasizes understanding the architecture and art of the capital city as expressions of the political, social, and moral values of the nation and of Western culture in general. Lectures and related class tours explore three major categories of Washington's visual cultural environment: museum highlights; public sculpture, monuments, and memorials; and architecture. Assignments encourage the study of various objects and sites from a critical perspective and give each student the opportunity to conduct primary research at select Washington libraries and archives. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts; sophomore standing or above. Offered only through the Washington Semester Program. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ARTH 39000 - Introduction to Museology FA LA

Critically examines the significance of museological practice today; explores different museological strategies in conjunction with the history of collecting and exhibiting; and examines the limitations on what can be exhibited in a museum. Whether museums operate as homogenizing institutions is also addressed. In addition, in collaboration with the Handwerker Gallery, incorporates a practical component to introduce students to museographical ideas. Prerequisites: Three courses in art history; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 49000 - Seminar in Art History HU LA

A central topic with class discussion, individual research, and presentation of papers as major parts of the course. This course may be repeated for credit for seminar topics on different subjects. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ARTH 49001 - Seminar in Art History: Visual Culture HU LA

A central topic with class discussion, individual research, and presentation of papers as major parts of the course. This course may be repeated for credit for seminar topics on different subjects. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ARTH 49002 - Seminar in Art History: Renaissance HU LA
ARTH 49003 - Seminar in Art History: Art Issues and Themes HU LA
ARTH 49004 - Seminar in Art History: Architecture HU LA
ARTH 49012 - Seminar in Art History HU LA

A central topic with class discussion, individual research, and presentation of papers as major parts of the course. This course may be repeated for credit for seminar topics on different subjects. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ARTH 49200 - Tutorial in Art History FA HU LA

Discussion and research-based study on a focused topic in small group setting under faculty guidance. Availability of specific tutorial and faculty to be determined in advance of registration. Prerequisites: Art history major with senior standing or permission of the department chair; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F,S,Y)

ARTH 49400 - Internship: Art History NLA

The internship provides an opportunity to gain practical experience working in a gallery or museum, under the joint supervision of a member of the museum staff and an Ithaca College faculty member. Internships are arranged individually at the student's request, subject to the availability of an appropriate museum or gallery slot. Prerequisites: Three art history courses; sophomore standing or above; permission of instructor. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 49500 - Internship in Washington, D.C.: Art History NLA

The internship in Washington, D.C., provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in the fields of art and architectural history, under the joint supervision of a site supervisor and an Ithaca College faculty member. Internships are arranged through the Washington Semester Program and are subject to the availability of appropriate placement. Prerequisites: Three art history courses; sophomore standing or above; permission of the instructor. Offered only through the Washington Semester Program. Only 4 credits may count toward an art history major or minor. 1-6 credits. (F-S,Y)

ARTH 49700 - Independent Study: Art History FA HU LA

Program of special reading and research under the supervision of a specialist in art history. Offered only on demand and by special permission. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

ARTH 49800 - Senior Internship NLA

An opportunity for senior majors to gain practical experience in the fields of art and architectural history, under the joint supervision of a site supervisor and an Ithaca College faculty member. Internships are arranged individually by the student and are subject to the availability of an appropriate internship position. Prerequisites: Art history major with senior standing or permission of the department chair and permission of instructor. 3-4 credits. (Y)