ARTH 70B: Art History Survey - Renaissance to Modern

Georgia O'Keeffe, "Red Canna," 1923


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This course provides an introduction to the arts of the western world from the Renaissance to the Modern periods of art history. The purpose of this course is to increase your knowledge of artistic trends in the western world, and enhance your appreciation of the ways in which artistic developments reflect contemporary social, political, and religious trends within a given culture. The course will examine the interaction of analytical and creative processes in the production and perception of works of art, and the significance of the historical and cultural contexts in which the works were created and interpreted. Works of art from a variety of media expressing the diversity of cultural, religious and social conditions will be discussed including, but not limited to, works of architecture, painting, sculpture, textiles, with a special emphasis on the role of women.