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This is a humanities based art appreciation and art history course that focuses on the cross fertilization of ideas as manifested through art. Travel and study have historically been important components of an artist's study as a means of broadening cultural perspective and gaining personal insights that are reflected back in the artist's work. Art is a mirror of the cultural times and influences. In Paris we will look at art from Prehistory, up through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque, and continuing on to follow the history of art up to the present time. The class will study the art and architecture of different time periods, artistic influences that come from other regions and cultures, analyzing how ideas move across cultures, through time and among places. They will see and study the work of artists who traveled and studied outside of their region, artists who were influenced by outside cultures, and artists who changed the art and thinking of their time by pioneering new ideas and ways of seeing. They will look at examples of how these ideas filtered into the work of these artists and consequently into their respective cultures and times. Ultimately, the course will ask students to examine the connections between contemporary art, diversity and the interrelatedness of contemporary world culture. Students will have the opportunity to develop a specific emphasis based on individual contracts and an understanding of how this might substitute for other art history classes.
Students may study art history in Paris, using the museums, and the city of Paris as an educational resource. By satisfactorily completing assignments based on individual student-teacher contracts, students may earn 3 hours of credit. Please see your chair or faculty advisor for how this class might substitute in your particular program.
All class options center around the museums and city of Paris. Masterpieces by the great masters of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo Art History will be pursued in the Musee du Louvre, Musee Carnavalet and Musee de Cluny. Nineteenth Century Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism will be studied in the Musee d'Orsay, l'Orangerie and Petit Palais whereas Twentieth Century and contemporary trends will take the tour to the Musee National d'Art Moderne (Pompidou Center), the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Musee Picasso. Architectural history will include visits to Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, and the Hotel des Invalides among other sites. Optional day trips may be arranged for Versailles, Giverny and Chartres Cathedral. Grades will be assigned on the basis of active participation in all tour events, completion of a journal kept during the tour, answering assigned study questions and a project that is completed after the tour. Graduate credit assignments will reflect expectations for graduate level work. Approximate cost of the tour is $3100, plus tuition. This includes airfare, hotel, museum entrance, ground transportation, and continental breakfast.