Course Catalog for ART HISTORY
AHIS 101
Introduction to the History of Art in the West I
A survey of the history of art and architecture from the Paleolithic period to the Middle Ages, examining objects in their cultural, historical, and artistic contexts. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 102
Introduction to the History of Art in the West II
A survey of the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present day. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 103
Introduction to Asian Art
This course introduces major artistic traditions in Asia, with a focus on China, India and Japan. We will discuss the visual features of these complex traditions and their related social and political issues by analyzing important examples of art and architecture. From the Terracotta Warriors, to Taj Mahal, to Ukiyo-e prints, we will examine art and architecture from the beginning of these Asian traditions to their early modern periods in the nineteenth century. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 105
History of World Cinema
A survey of the art of the cinema examining different national schools with special attention to major commercial and avant-garde filmmakers such as Coppola, Hitchcock, Fellini, Bergman, Godard, Eisenstein, Welles, and Renoir. In order to address individual films in a broad cultural context, one film will be screened and analyzed each week. (Note: Replaces "Film as a Visual Art.") (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 201
Intro to Islamic Art/Arc
This course introduces the visual arts of the Islamic lands through the study of selected masterpieces dating from 600-1500 AD. These will be chosen to represent a wide variety of forms, functions, regions, techniques and ideas. The course will explore all the major arts of the Islamic lands, including religious and secular architecture, the arts of the book, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and woodwork. Firsthand examination of original works of art in Boston and Springfield will be emphasized. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 207
The Arts of China
This course will focus on the arts of China from the Neolithic period through the Qing Dynasty (ca. 6000 B.C.E.-1850 C.E.) We will study art produced for burial, Buddhist temples, the imperial court, and the scholar elite. We will consider architecture, sculpture, painting, bronze, jade lacquer, and ceramics, placing the art within its historical context and identifying what makes it uniquely Chinese. This 200-level lecture survey course will require a paper, a mid-term, and a final examination. (May be counted towards International Studies/Asian Studies) (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 208
The Arts of Japan
This course will focus on the arts of Japan from the Jomon period through the Edo period (circa 10,500 BCE - 1868 CE). Pre-Buddhist art will concentrate on pottery and bronze as well as Shinto architecture. Buddhist art will include architecture, sculpture, and painting. Secular art will explore the tradition of the narrative hand scroll as well as portraits and landscapes. Castle architecture and woodblock prints are other important topics. The art will be placed within its historical context, especially considering what makes it uniquely Japanese and whether or not it incorporates Chinese influence. (May be counted toward International Studies/Asian Studies) (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 209
The Arts of China in the 20th Century
In this course, we will examine the development of art in China during the long 20th century, starting with the 1911 Revolution which concluded China's imperial past and ending with the post-Mao economic policies which culminated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. We will study major works of various formats and genres which define and redefine Chinese art. We will explore issues related to the tension between Chinese nationalism and Westernization, the adaptation of modern aesthetics and visual technologies, the conflict between state sponsorship and censorship, the changing perception of gender and self-image, the emergence of urban space and consumer culture, and the connection between art and the global economy. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 209
Art & Archaeology of Egypt & Mesopotamia
Introduction to the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, with special attention to new discoveries and interconnections with the rest of the Bronze Age world. For Egypt, we examine material from the Predynastic period to the end of the New Kingdom. For Mesopotamia, we consider evidence from the Uruk period to the end of the Neo-Babylonian era. No prior experience with the subject is expected. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 210
Art of Zen in Japan
Zen, a school of Buddhism, represents quintessential values of Japanese art and aesthetic principles. This course discusses how the ideas of Zen constitute a philosophical foundation for Japanese art, by examining major works in painting, calligraphy and garden design from the 13th to 18th centuries. We discuss how Japanese aesthetics shaped the practice of Zen rituals, especially those related to meditation and the tea ceremony. Through exploring the meanings of pictorial and literary ko'an, we learn how they form visual and textual riddles based on metaphors, allusions, and wordplay. In a contextual approach, we analyze the development of form, style, and iconography in Japanese art associated with Zen, while tracing the underpinning philosophical concepts related to enlightenment, emptiness, and beauty. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 223
Medieval Art and Architecture
The art and architecture of the Middle Ages beginning with the emergence in the 4th century of distinct styles, subjects and forms from the Christian and pagan art of the late Roman empire to the works of the Greek East and Latin West. The course also surveys the monuments of the Carolingian Renaissance and of the Romanesque and Gothic periods in Western Europe. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 225
Heroines and Goddesses: Images of Women in Chinese Art
Starting in the thirteen century, Chinese women increasingly appeared in art and visual culture as saviors for those who suffer, as well as guardians of political and moral ideals. In this course we explore the portrayal of these divine and heroic women who combine traits of docile femininity and domineering presence. By tracing the formation and transformation of court ladies, woman warriors, goddesses and ghosts in Chinese art and films, we explore the development of female cults in China from the thirteen century to the modern times. We also examine the roles women play in negotiating Chinese politics and culture. The goal of this course is to provide a contextualized understanding about women in Chinese art. Course requirements include weekly readings, essay exams, presentations, and a research paper. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 226
Drinking, Dining, and Community in Antiquity
The act of eating and drinking in self-defining social groups preoccupied ancient Greek and Roman societies in ways that modern societies have inherited—although the forms of these gatherings have changed. We will study the history of banqueting in the ancient Mediterranean world, from communal feasts at religious festivals to the private Greek symposion and Roman convivium. Through artistic representations, architectural remains, archaeological finds, and literary texts, we’ll explore what kind of food and drink was consumed at these banquets, and what was offered to the dead at their tombs; the origins of reclining to dine and this custom’s social implications, and how culinary and dining practices can serve as a lens for recognizing codes of gender, otherness, status, and power in a culture. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 227
Public Art
Art as part of public spaces or incorporated into architecture has been integral to artistic practice and civic patronage from antiquity to the present. This digital humanities course will give students the chance to create written, visual and interactive content while learning the history of art in public places from antiquity to the present. Students will curate tours and other digital features for a web catalog of public art and gain field experience working with Greater Hartford NGOs, Museums and Government. (ART)
This course is not open to first-year students.
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 229
Israeli Art: Reflecting Israeli Culture
The course deals with different forms of art created in Israel from the establishment of the state in 1948 until contemporary times. Analysis of artwork provides students with an opportunity to experience a myriad of clashing perspectives on Israeli culture and society. Utilizing a chronological perspective, combined with thematic approaches, students will gain access to Israeli cultural discourse. Through the art works, students are exposed to ongoing societal issues such as the Holocaust, military conflict, social tensions, politics, gender representation, and alterity. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 234
Early Renaissance Art in Italy
A study of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy from the later Middle Ages through the 15th century, with emphasis on masters such as Pisani, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, and Bellini. Themes of naturalism, humanism, the revival of antiquity, and the growth of science as they relate to the visual arts will be explored. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 236
High Renaissance Art in Italy
Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture from the end of the 15th century through the 16th century. Examines the work of the creators of the High Renaissance style, including Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. The emergence of mannerism in central Italy and its influences on North Italian and Venetian painters will also be explored. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 241
Classical Ideals: Representations of the Human Body in Ancient Mediterranean Art
Examine the roots of modern beauty standards by digging into the history of the “classical ideal”, down to its origins in Greek and Roman representations of the human body. Social status and beauty seem always to have been correlated; how are nudity and clothing, the athletic ideal, gender and sexuality, and racialized ideals of beauty implicated in portrayals of the bodies of social actors and symbolic bodies? Even character and emotion were portrayed as physically embodied. We’ll analyze classical sculpture, painting, and other arts, supported by readings from studies in the history of art, critical approaches to conceptions of the human form, ancient medical texts, and Greek and Roman poetry. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 244
Empire Building: Architecture and Urbanism in Spanish America
Following the overthrow of the Aztec and Incan Empires, the Spanish Empire instituted programs of political, religious, and social control throughout Central and South America that permanently altered the cultural and artistic landscape of this region. Beginning with the foundation of the city of Santo Domingo in 1502 and ending with the "mission trail" of churches established by Junipero Serra in 18th-century Spanish California, this course will examine the art, architecture, and urbanism that projected the image of Spain onto the "New World." Other issues to be discussed include the interaction between Spanish and local traditions, symbolic map-making, the emergence of a "Spanish Colonial" sensibility, and the transformations of form and meaning at individual sites over time. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 246
Art in the Age of Absolutism: The European Baroque
During the seventeenth century, Europe underwent a series of civil, religious, and economic upheavals which paradoxically resulted in a period of extraordinarily innovative art. This course begins with the rise of the Roman Baroque, from the disturbing realism of Caravaggio to the multi-media theatricality of Bernini, examining artistic patronage and production in the highly charged political, social, and cultural contexts of Europe during and after the Thirty Years' War. It continues with a study of the broad range of artistic response to these developments in both Southern and Northern Europe, from the elaborate state pageantry of Rubens to the intensely personal portraiture of Rembrandt. Other artists to be studied include Poussin, Le Brun, Zurbaran, Velazquez, Van Dyck, and Vermeer. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 247
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture and Urbanism
This course explores major trends in Western architecture and urbanism from the emergence of Italian Renaissance architecture and planning to the extensive Baroque palaces at Versailles and elsewhere in absolutist Europe. Topics to be examined include the classical tradition, the influence of patronage, the rise of architecture as a profession, and the legacy of European theory and practice in North and South America during the colonial period. In addition to exploring the relationship between architectural and urban theory and form, this course will examine buildings and cities in the evolving social, political, and religious contexts of the period. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 252
18th-Century Art and Architecture
This course will examine the major artists, patrons, critics, and art movements of Europe in the Age of the Enlightenment, with emphasis on the reflections in the arts of the political, social, and technological changes that marked this early modern era. In early 18th-century France, we will trace the significance of the Academie Royale in Paris, of the French academy in Rome, and of state patronage and critical support for royal portraiture, secular and religious painting and the theatrical landscapes. As well as the more liberal climate that fostered the French Rococo, naturalists genre and still life painting. In Italy, we will focus on Venice and the Grand Tour. After a brief look at Goya's early career and seminal student trip to Italy, we will consider the rise of satire, history painting, and portraiture in the 18th-century England. In conclusion, we will return to Paris to trace in its art, political, and social history the waning years of the ancient regime and the onset of the French Revolution. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 258
Design and Everyday Life
This course examines the history of interior architecture and the many types of utilitarian objects that different cultures have used for ceremonial and daily life. The course teaches the history of the techniques of making and the characteristics of materials which have constrained design across time and around the globe. In Fall 2022, the course will take special advantage of an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum on Contemporary Art Glass and many class sessions will be field trips. The course content falls into three parts: the study of interior architecture and the relationship of design to social practices; the history of individual crafts, materials, and makers; the history of styles. The course will consider furniture, ceramics, textiles, metalwork and glass and the new materials of post-industrial living. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 261
19th-Century Painting and Sculpture
A study of European painting and sculpture from the Romanticism of the late 18th century to the emergence of new directions at the end of the 19th century. The course is adapted each year to take advantage of major exhibitions. Museum visits and extensive readings will be integral to the makeup of the course. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 264
Art in the Age of Revolution, War, and Contagion: 1789-1871
The human experience in the period from 1789-1871 closely parallels modern times. We will explore how the issues in nineteenth-century painting anticipate our concerns today. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 265
19th-Century Architecture
The course examines developments in European and American architecture and urbanism from 1750 to 1900. Specific themes include the revival of historical styles such as the Greek and the Gothic, and their application to modern contexts; the rise of new building types, such as museums, railroad stations, prisons, and skyscrapers; the emergence of modern capitals such as Berlin, New York, London, and Paris; and the beginning of the professions of architecture and urban planning. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 271
The Arts of the United States 1650-1900
The course examines key artistic periods of American painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from the colonial settlements to the turn of the twentieth century (ca. 1650-1900). We begin with the colonial period and the rise of portraiture and history painting during the American Revolution, witnessing how artists like John Singleton Copley forge an indigenous American style. We then focus on genre as well as landscape painting, where we explore themes of politics, race, and reverence for the land. The class examines the American coming of age at the close of the Civil War and examines the careers of such artists as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, the American Impressionists, and architects H.H. Richardson and McKim, Mead & White. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 282
20th-Century Avant Garde in Painting and Sculpture
This course addresses the position of art in European and American society from 1890 to 1945 when the concept of the artist as a rebel and visionary leader defined art's relation to contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues. The movements of symbolism, expressionism, cubism, dada, and surrealism are discussed. Current exhibitions and the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum are used whenever appropriate. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 283
Contemporary Art
Following the Second World War, artists transformed the avant-garde tradition of their European predecessors to establish a dialogue with the mass media and consumer culture that has resulted in a wide array of artistic movements. Issues ranging from multiculturalism and gender to modernism and postmodernism will be addressed through the movements of abstract expressionism, pop, minimalism, neo-expressionism and appropriation in the diverse media of video, performance, and photography, as well as painting and sculpture. Current exhibitions and criticism are integral to the course. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 286
Modern Architecture: 1900 to the Present
This course surveys broad developments in Western European and American architecture and urbanism from 1900 to the present. Topics include Viennese Modernism, the legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Bauhaus, the International Style and the birth of Modernism, and reactions of the past 25 years. Close attention will be paid to such major figures as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi and Frank Gehry. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 292
History of Photography
Major developments in European and American photography from 1839 to the present. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 293
Urbanism and Chinese Art
In this course, we examine the changing concepts of urbanism in Chinese visual and material culture, both in historical and modern times. By looking into major artworks and architecture in such metropolises as 8th century Chang'an (today's Xi'an), 18th century Beijing, and 20th century Shanghai, we analyze how life, space, identity, and social institutions are (re)presented in an urban context. We discuss how traditional notions of Chinese urbanism have influenced the design and operation of these historical cities and consequently set the foundation for the development of Chinese society. With a special focus on the exponential urbanization of contemporary China, we will explore issues closely related to its modern urban centers, such as state authority and individual rights, public and private space, consumerism, gender relations, and the relationship with nature. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 294
The Arts of Africa
An examination of the art and architecture of sub-Saharan Africa as modes of symbolic communication: the ritual context of art, the concept of the artist, the notion of popular art, and the decorated body. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 301
Major Seminar in Art Historical Method
Required of and limited to art history majors, as one of the first courses they take after declaring their major. Studies in the tradition and methodology of art historical research. Readings in classics of the literature of art history; discussions of major issues and meeting with scholars and museum professionals; students will pursue an active research project and present both oral reports and formal written research papers. (WEB)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 303
The Contemporary Art World
This seminar will examine the individuals and institutions that define the art world today: museums, global art fairs and biennials, galleries and auction houses, as well as critics and artists. Beginning with the 1960s, we will trace the development of the nexus called “the contemporary art world” and study the work of artists on a global scale. Besides Europe and North America, we will focus on activities in Africa, South America, and Asia. Classroom discussion will be supplemented by visits to galleries and museum exhibitions. Students will be immersed in contemporary events and will participate in Professor FitzGerald’s ongoing projects with museums, galleries, and artists. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 306
Chinese Literati Art
In this course, we trace the development of visual and conceptual underpinnings of Chinese art and aestheticism from the 11th to 16th century by examining seminal works of painting and calligraphy with critical theories in Chinese literati art. Important issues for this seminar include iconology and form, concepts of political protest and self-cultivation, the allegorization of nature and antiquity, and the historiography of art history. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 311
Rise & Fall of the Aegean Bronze Age
How do we access the history of a period in which the primary media for representing culture and society were not literate? The art, architecture, and archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age, especially the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures, provide tantalizing insights into the governmental structures, societal inequities, economies, wars, and religion in the region. Students will investigate the techniques and methods of Bronze Age artists and architects, as well as how their works represent race, gender, and ethnicity; the influence of foreign peoples on Aegean art and society; climate change, migrations, and piracy; and cult practices, including funerary customs through which so much of the material remains of this lost world has been preserved. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 334
Patrons and Artists in the Italian Renaissance
Readings and discussion will center on the collaboration between patrons and artists, focusing on the tangible and intangible goals and results for both parties. Case studies of civic, ecclesiastic and family commissions will be drawn from the period 1300-1500 in central Italy. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 341
Seminar in Baroque Art: Caravaggio
This course will examine the life, work, and legacy of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) within the artistic and historical contexts of the Baroque era. Reviled and revered for his shockingly realistic painting style, along with his famous (but disputed) insistence on painting directly from life rather than from preparatory drawings, Caravaggio was the most influential painter of his time. Topics to be examined include Caravaggio's relationship to Counter-Reformation art and the Inquisition, his controversial religious scenes, themes of violence, eroticism and homoeroticism in his work, his working methods in light of recent technical analyses, his biographers and critical reception, and the works of his followers, or Caravaggisti, in Europe and beyond. This course fulfills the 17th century requirement in art history. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Art History 102 or 246, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 345
Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800
This seminar will examine the artistic output and careers of a group of talented Italian women artists in Italy from 1500-1800, focusing on the work of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later). We will look at issues including the construction of female identity in the Early Modern era, the intersection of biography and personal style, and other factors that affected the course of a woman artist's career in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. The seminar is offered in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition "By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800" at the Wadsworth Atheneum. It will be jointly taught by exhibition organizer and curator Oliver Tostmann and Professor Kristin Triff. Class meetings will take place both on campus and at the Atheneum. (GLB1)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Art History 102.
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 351
Seminar: Topics in 18C Art: Patronage, Collecting and Display
This seminar will explore leading figures and institutions of art patronage and the art markets in Europe in the 17th and 8th centuries including consideration of how works of art were used in private residences and royal palaces and how they were made available to the public in the first museums in Dresden, Paris and Rome. Royal patrons Louis XIV and Augustus the Strong of Saxony will be studied alongside individual patrons such as Madame de Rembouillet and Madame de Pompadour. Students will do intensive independent research projects leadin gto oral presentations and term papers. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 364
Architectural Drawing
A conceptual and practical introduction to the varied types of architectural drawings used to describe and perceive buildings. Tailored for liberal arts students, topics include geometry vs perception, freehand drawings, foreshortening, drafting measured drawings, understanding plans and sections, 3D parallel projection drawings, and setting up basic perspective views Students study and analyze inspiring drawings and buildings from their related classes, whether Art History, Engineering or Urban Studies. The class is taught as a hands-on studio course. This class serves as a prerequisite for AHIS 365/ENGR 342. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 365
Elements of Architectural Design
Echoing the curriculum in Architecture Schools but tailored for liberal arts students in a studio setting, this class teaches the basics of architectural design and language. Through sketches, hardline drawings, and model-making, students explore the fundamental principles of hierarchy, proportion, space, light, surface, order, rhythm, contrast, tectonics, craftsmanship and technique. This course includes a series of pedagogically stepped abstract projects, adding complexity and dimensions, understanding and building upon what is successful in each project, culminating with a project exploring and adding the critical concepts of site, context and program. This class is recommended for those who might consider graduate study in architecture. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Art History 364.
1.00 units, Lecture
AHIS 366
Architectural Design Studio and Portfolio Development
This course is ideal for students interested in an architectural design/portfolio development studio format and is a continuation of AHIS 365. Students will complete an architectural design project of their choice with weekly online meetings and studio critiques with the instructor. These Zoom meetings will include the entire class, allowing students the benefit of seeing and participating in what others are working on. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Art History 364.
0.50 units, Studio
AHIS 371
American Art: The Art of Walt Disney
Walt Disney was arguably the most consequential figure in the history of American culture. This course will study his many achievements, from the making of Mickey Mouse and his pioneering work in the synchronization of screen action with music and sound effects to the creation of the destination theme park. In the 1930s he was hailed by Charlie Chaplin, Marxist muralist Diego Rivera, H. G. Wells, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, production art from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs entered the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale and Harvard gave him honorary degrees. After WW II, academe and the culturati largely rejected him, but Americans young and old have always revered his films and those will be the prime focus of the class. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 382
The History of the Art Museum, 1750 to the Present
This course will examine the art museum from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Focus will be on art museums in Europe and the United States. Topics will include the history of collecting, display methods, and the evolution of museum architecture. The course will involve field trips to local museums. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 385
Seminar: Topics in 20th Century Art: Picasso and Contemporary Art
This seminar will examine the central role of Pablo Picasso in 20th century art during his lifetime (1881-1973) and the global impact of his art and reputation on art in the nearly four decades since his death. The seminar will be linked to an exhibition Professor FitzGerald is organizing for Museu Picasso in Barcelona, and the process of curating an exhibition will be an integral part of the discussions. Students will have the opportunity to undertake projects on artists internationally (including France and Spain in the Europe, as well as in Asia and Africa) and museological and commercial systems of the art world. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 386
Le Corbusier Beyond Europe: Architectural Modernism and Ideologies
Le Corbusier (Swiss and French, 1887-1965) is one of the most productive architects of the 20th century, having designed approximately 300 buildings and urban plans throughout five continents. Expanding upon recent developments in global architectural history, this seminar invites students to focus on his designs for non-European contexts including Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, India, Iraq, Japan, Russia, and Turkey. Based on the principle that this geographical shift entails a distinctive set of questions on cultural exchanges, colonialism, and postcolonialism, this course invites students to consider power dynamics in global modernism. Prior attendance to an art or architectural history course is recommended. Students who are new to this field should reach out to the instructor for additional guidance. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 391
Prints and Printmaking
Images created in multiple have been the most powerful way of disseminating visual imagery in human history. Woodcut, engraving, etching, lithography, silkscreen and now digital processes have all been used to create images which could be used alone as artistic expression or aids in collective enterprises such as book illustration, propaganda, journalism or advertising. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to to learn the rudiments of print connoisseurship and to study the history of printmaking, print publishing and the history of the illustrated book. The students will work with original prints in the collections of Trinity College and at other Connecticut institutions and works in private collections. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 392
Comics, Cartoons & Caricature
Visual, political satire is a powerful form of free speech. This course explores traditions of comic pictures as they reflect public opinion and engagement with political and social events. Since William Hogarth created sequential satiric stories, comic artists, often intentionally or inadvertently offensive, have been a target of suppression, imprisonment and even violent attack as at the Parisian cartoon publication Charlie Hebdo in 2015. For students interested in art, literature, politics and satire, this special course will be taught in collaboration with Cynthia Roman, Curator, Walpole Library, Yale University in Farmington and will feature many field trips to see original works. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
AHIS 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and program director are required for enrollment. (ART)
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
AHIS 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available online, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment. Guidelines are available in the College Bulletin. (0.5 - 1 course credit)
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
AHIS 497
Senior Thesis
An individual tutorial to prepare an extended paper on a topic in art history. An oral presentation of a summary of the paper will be delivered in the spring term. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and program director are required for enrollment in this single-semester thesis. (1 course credit to be completed in one semester.) (ART)
1.00 units, Independent Study