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For the days and times that the following classes meet, please refer to the Schedule of Classes at: https://webapp.mis.vanderbilt.edu/more/SearchClasses!input.action

Detailed information as to how these courses apply towards requirements for the History of Art major or minor

Note that courses are arranged by Subject Area : Introductory survey courses and Freshman Seminars, 1000W courses, then courses in Non-Western, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Art, followed by Elective courses and Advanced Seminars.

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Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation between the new (4-digit) and old (3-digit) numbers, please consult the  Course Renumbering Lookup Tool.

FALL 2017

HART 1100: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval Art.
 An introduction, through lectures and readings, to the extraordinary range of works of art and architecture produced in the first 30,000 years of Western civilization up to about 1400--from the Prehistoric through Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Medieval cultures. The first goal of this course is to enable students to apply the methods and vocabulary of art history in their thinking and writing, so that they will be able to analyze and compare the formal qualities of works of art. The second will be to deepen our understanding of the works we study by reading selected primary sources contemporary with the works of art, to learn something of their social, religious, and cultural circumstances. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor. [3] Lee. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 1105: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern Art. 
An introductory survey of Western art history from the Renaissance to the Modern period, considering primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture. Please note that the chronological and thematic range of material covered will vary somewhat depending on the instructor. HART 1105 is intended to provide a historical understanding of the major artistic movements within the Western visual tradition, and to encourage students to develop a literate and critical eye. Attention is given to works of specific artists, as well as cultural factors that affect the visual arts from production to reception. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor. [3] Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 1205: Arts of South and Southeast Asia.  This survey course provides an introduction to the arts of South and Southeast Asia from the second millennium BCE to the present, including countries such as India, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, and Malaysia.  We will look at selective artifacts and sites from these regions to understand the development of artistic traditions in response to cultural exchange and political dynamics.  We will also explore the formation of political and social identities as reflected in the artistic production of South and Southeast Asia. The main goals of the course are two-fold: 1) to learn the basic vocabulary and concepts for discussing different artistic traditions of South and Southeast Asia, and 2) to develop skills in analyzing Asian arts critically, using vocabulary and concepts acquired throughout the course.  Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor as a 1000-level course.  (Note: the “Non-Western” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings). [3] Shin. (AXLE: INT).

HART 1111-07: The Meaning of Modern Art   in its Political Context. Freshman Seminar. This course will present art of the modern period, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ask of that art what it means, and how and why that meaning was produced. Why is modern art so difficult to understand? Why does it look so unrealistic, and why is its meaning so hidden? This course will approach these questions seriously. To understand modern art and why it looks as it does, we must study modern history and society, especially its politics. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).  

HART 1111-10: Ancient Art and Ethics. Freshman Seminar. Who owns the past? Should the British Museum return the so-called Elgin Marbles to Greece? Whatever happened to the antiquities stolen from the Baghdad Museum following the US invasion in 2003? This course considers the ethical issues surrounding the visual and material culture of ancient societies, including the looting of archaeological sites, the international antiquities market, the display of artifacts in museums, repatriation of stolen antiquities, and cultural heritage management. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] Lee. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 1111-16: Aesthetics of Blackness in Twentieth-Century American Film. Freshman Seminar. Investigation of African American stereotypes and representations in 20th-century narrative films, analyzing how the films reflected national sentiments at different historical junctures. In doing so, we explore the way in which films participate in the construction of racial identity and engage with popular debates concerning Blackness. Themes addressed include 1) the early historical relationship between African Americans and film; 2) the transition from silent to sound and the rise of the black musical; 3) the emergence of the Blaxploitation genre; 4) representations of urban blackness; and 5) constructions of the Black family. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] VanDiver. (AXLE: P). 

HART 1210W: Art and Ritual in Asia. This course explores the arts of Asia through the lens of their ritual function across time. We will ask the questions: How has art-making developed in response to social and religious rituals over the course of centuries? In what ways have diverse social formations and religious traditions shaped rituals to suit their needs, and what are the different roles that the arts have played in them? What characteristics unite, as well as distinguish, the arts of the different Asian sub-regions? Finally, in the age of globalization, how have various cultures preserved their artistic traditions and rituals? Class time will be divided between lecture and discussions of both Asian art—in China, Japan, Korea, India, and elsewhere—and the craft of writing itself. The collections of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery will provide prompts for some writing activities. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. (Note: the “Non-Western” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings). [3] Shin. (AXLE: INT). 

HART 2150: East Asian Architecture and Gardens.
This course provides an overview of the major architectural traditions of East Asia including China, Korea, and Japan. In order to gain an understanding of the major issues in this field, we will examine the form and cultural context of religious, vernacular, and garden architecture from the 2nd century BCE to the present. We will explore the ways in which the built environment has been used to serve spiritual and political ends, not only through the initial construction of monumental buildings and complexes but also through modern interpretations of their pre-modern significance. This course will count toward the "Non-Western" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Miller. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 3140: Healing and Art in East Asia. Because the physical environment(s) of healing, as well as the appearance of healing specialists, medicines, and the tools to consume them, all impact the effectiveness of healing outcomes, much about a society’s conception of health and beauty can be explored through examining objects for curing and healing. In this course we will look at the influence of early healing practices on the development of the arts of East Asia. Topics to be examined include: magical healing texts, talismans, and tattoos; diagraming the body and the landscape; the art of the Buddha of Medicine, gardens and growing transformative herbs, and tea as medicine and art. This course will count toward the “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH minor. [3] Miller. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 3320: Early Renaissance Florence. Major masters and works from Early Renaissance Florence during the Quattrocento, i.e., the Fifteenth Century, ca. 1400-1500. We will primarily consider works of painting and sculpture that are part of larger decorative programs, with the inclusion of architectural principles and monuments when appropriate to our topic of discussion. Key masters to be considered during the semester, time permitting, will include Giotto di Bondone, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Leonbattista Alberti, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Andrea del Verrocchio and the young Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico del Ghirlandaio and the young Michelangelo Buonarroti. In class lecture and discussion, there will be particular emphasis upon stylistic progression and connoisseurship, iconographic interpretation and meaning, the role of patronage and audience, original physical and cultural context, and the Italian Renaissance workshop tradition. This course will count toward the "Renaissance and Baroque" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 2710: Twentieth-Century European Art. 
A survey of major movements and artists, with examples from painting, architecture, prints, sculpture, performance and conceptual art, music, and cinema. Emphasis is placed on a close examination of the stylistic elements of the artworks, with that analysis contextualized within the social, political, and economic dynamics of the time in which they were made. Instruction places a heavy emphasis on the ideological nature of art and on its role as a major indicator of its time and place. This course will count toward the "Modern" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).   

HART 2755: Women in Art since 1850.  Historical survey of European and American women artists and their artistic contributions from 1850 to the present. Arranged chronologically and thematically, we will consider how gender identity influenced the circumstances under which women artists work and examine the forms their art took. We will begin by learning about second-wave feminism in the 1970s and the concurrent development of feminist art history. Building on this theoretical foundation we will examine how employing a feminist lens alters the way we look at art produced throughout history and even challenges dominant notions of art itself. A priority is placed upon the visual analysis of specific art objects and an attentive, critical engagement with key texts. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] VanDiver. (AXLE: P). 

HART 3240W: Ancient Landscapes.  Greco-Roman attitudes toward nature. Exploitation and stewardship of resources. Country-house and garden design. Representations of mythological and sacred landscapes in painting and poetry. This course will count toward the "Ancient" area requirement for the HART Major or as an “Advanced Seminar” for the HART Major (but cannot count for both requirements); HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Robinson (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 3725W: The Skyscraper: Modern Urban Icon.  This course will focus on the most important contribution of the US to world architecture: the skyscraper. Nearly every substantial American city has its iconic skyscraper. In New York there is the Woolworth Building, the Empire State Building, the Seagram’s Building, and more. Chicago has the Reliance Building, the Monadnock Building, the Chicago Tribune Tower, the Sears Tower, and others. Boston has its John Hancock Building and Prudential Center. Oakland, California boasts the Cathedral Building. The City Hall in Atlanta is a skyscraper, and the most prominent element of Nashville’s skyline is its “Batman” or AT&T Building. We will consider skyscrapers broadly, from urban social, political, and other perspectives. The course will make use of the extensive collection of drawings for the Woolworth Building (1913) in New York City, by the office of Cass Gilbert, architect, in the collection of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery. Will count toward the HART Major as an Advanced Seminar; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Murphy (AXLE: HCA).


SPRING 2018 HISTORY OF ART
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HART 1105: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern Art. An introductory survey of Western art history from the Renaissance to the Modern period, considering primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture. Please note that the chronological and thematic range of material covered will vary somewhat depending on the instructor. HART 1105 is intended to provide a historical understanding of the major artistic movements within the Western visual tradition, and to encourage students to develop a literate and critical eye. Attention is given to works of specific artists, as well as cultural factors that affect the visual arts from production to reception. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor. [3] VanDiver. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 1210W: Art and Ritual in Asia. This course explores the arts of Asia through the lens of their ritual function across time. We will ask the questions: How has art-making developed in response to social and religious rituals over the course of centuries? In what ways have diverse social formations and religious traditions shaped rituals to suit their needs, and what are the different roles that the arts have played in them? What characteristics unite, as well as distinguish, the arts of the different Asian sub-regions? Finally, in the age of globalization, how have various cultures preserved their artistic traditions and rituals? Class time will be divided between lecture and discussions of both Asian art—in China, Japan, Korea, India, and elsewhere—and the craft of writing itself. The collections of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery will provide prompts for some writing activities. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an Elective with departmental permission. (Note: the “Non-Western” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings). [3] Shin. (AXLE: INT). 

HART 1330W: Sacred Sites in World History. This course explores how human beings throughout history and across the world have created extraordinary places that connect them to the divine. Why are temples and tombs consistently the most grandiose creations of human societies? How do cultures design spaces that will enable them to reach beyond ordinary realities? What do these spaces share in common across time and space, and how do they differ? Each week we will explore several monuments or great works of architecture that illustrate a particular aspect of sacred buildings, such as the Pyramids, the Parthenon, Stonehenge, Romanesque cathedrals, Hagia Sophia, and Angkor Wat. In addition to gaining insight into the nature of religious architecture, students will also gain an overview of great works of architectural history, and of ancient civilizations across the world. Will count toward the HART Major, HART or ARCH Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] (AXLE: SBS).

HART 1750W: African American Arts.  Blackness and black culture as subject and context for African American visual arts from the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis on arts derived from African American cultural perspectives. No credit for students who have earned credit for HART 2750 due to overlap in content. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an Elective with departmental permission. [3] VanDiver. (AXLE: P). 

HART 2175: Modern and Contemporary Indian Architecture. From nineteenth-century British colonial rule to the present. Built environment of Indian subcontinent in local and global contexts. Eighteenth-century Jaipur and urban planning, the British Raj, Calcutta, Allahabad, and Edwin Lutyens' New Delhi. Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, the Neo-Gothic of Bombay, and contemporary architecture. This course will count toward the “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Shin. (AXLE: INT). 

HART 2320W: The Italian Renaissance Workshop. A consideration of Italian Renaissance artists' workshops and the collaborative artistic process, covering material from the 14th into the 16th century, but with a focus on the fifteenth-century in Florence. We will study the organization, structure, and production of shops, painting and sculpture techniques, and the role of artists in society. Case studies will include artists such as Lorenzo Ghiberti, Fra Angelico, Andrea del Verrocchio and the young Leonardo da Vinci, and Sandro Botticelli. A focus of the course will be the firsthand study of paintings in the Kress Collection at Vanderbilt, which originate primarily from Central and Northern Italy. This course will count toward the "Renaissance and Baroque" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA). 

HART 2362: Fifteenth-Century Northern European Art.  A survey of the major developments in the painting and sculpture of Northern Europe, including the Netherlands and France, from the mid- to late fourteenth through the fifteenth century. Our focus will be on Netherlandish Painting, and key artists to be considered include the Limbourg Brothers, Claus Sluter, Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin (the Master of Flémalle), Rogier van der Weyden, Dieric Bouts, Petrus Christus, Hugo van der Goes, Geertgen tot sint Jans, Hans Memling, Gerard David, and Hieronymus Bosch. Our analysis of the period will progress roughly chronologically, as we consider specific artists and regional schools. In class lecture and discussion, there will be particular emphasis upon stylistic progression, iconographic interpretation and meaning, the role of patronage and audience, original physical and cultural context, the workshop tradition, and scientific analysis. This course will count toward the “Renaissance and Baroque” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA).

HART 2622: Neoclassicism and Romanticism.  A survey of major artists and monuments of visual culture considered in their political, social, economic, spiritual, and aesthetic contexts from 1760 to 1840. Artists to be studied include the painters Batoni, Piranesi, David, Canova, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, Goya and Friedrich.  Particular attention will be paid to the connections between art and politics, the transformation of traditional patterns of art patronage, art’s role in state propaganda in time of war, the rise of landscape painting as a major genre of art, and the origins of the conflict between progressive and academic art.  A major theme of the course will be the connections between Neoclassicism and Romanticism, rather than considering them as discreet movements. This course will count toward the "Modern" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Johns (AXLE: HCA).

HART 2650: Nineteenth-Century Architecture: Theory and Practice. This course will survey architectural theory and production in Europe and North America from the French Revolution to the First World War. We will consider design issues, as well as the relationships between architecture and technology, between architectural practice and political regimes, between architecture and social formations, and between architectural design and conceptions of history. Some of the specific topics to be discussed include Neoclassicism, the École des Beaux-Arts, the Gothic Revival in France and England, Paris in the Second Empire, the Arts-and-Crafts Movement, and Commercial Architecture and the Art Nouveau. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Murphy (AXLE: HCA).

HART 2680: British Art: Tudor to Victorian. A survey of art and visual culture in the British Isles from the reign of Henry VIII to Queen Victoria, ca. 1500-1900. Major emphasis will be placed on portraiture and landscape painting, the relationship between art and empire, the rise of the Royal Academy, and patterns of patronage. The primary artists to be considered include Holbein, Lely, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Lawrence, Turner and the pre-Raphaelites. Emphasis in course lectures will be on artists, art production, and the social, political, and intellectual British context. Major issues covered in the course include: art as propaganda, the changing institutional values of the court and academy, the effects of travel and colonialism, the role of patrons and collectors from art dealers to auction houses, and the shifting status of artists. This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Johns. (AXLE: HCA).

HART 2780: History of Western Urbanism.  This class will approach the city “as a work of art,” across ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, papal Rome, modern Europe, and the US, including Nashville. While urban planning was developed in antiquity partly to foster equality, realities were often different. Behind impressive facades, increasingly grim conditions developed in early modern cities, inspiring progressive beautification and renewal movements. Twentieth-century planners devised, and sometimes built, schemes to glorify regimes and control subjects. Just as any city’s significance is greater than the sum of its parts, a city’s destruction carries symbolic meanings beyond practical purposes. Urban form reflects important societal values. How are cities ordered? By whom? To what extent does architecture present a unified “facade”? How do resources and technology shape cities?  How are places experienced by residents of different means, and by visitors, friend or foe? What do “new cities” reveal in colonial and postcolonial contexts? Finally, how does urban history inform current policies and future plans? This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Robinson. (AXLE: P).

HART 3164W: Art of Buddhist Relic and Reliquary.  This course analyzes the veneration of Buddhist relics and the construction of reliquaries from a visual perspective. The overarching focus of the course will be on the art, ritual, and devotion to relics and reliquaries as manifested in the material and visual cultures of Asia. Connections will be drawn between the varying forms and functions of relic worship and reliquary construction across India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or toward the “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Miller. (AXLE: INT).

HART 3810W: Exhibiting Historical Art:   Digital Approaches to Ancient Greek Ceramics. In this course, students will compose a new exhibition of the ancient Greek artefacts from the permanent collection of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. Students will learn about the history of ancient Greek pottery and apply a selection of digital humanities approaches – including 3D modelling and printing, virtual and augmented reality, and network and spatial analysis – to objects from the Gallery. The exhibition will recontextualize the ancient Greek artefacts for Gallery visitors and showcase students’ critical engagement with contemporary methods of art historical and archaeological analysis. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar, or as an Ancient, or as an Elective for the History of Art Major and Minor. [3] Ikeshoji-Orlati. (AXLE: HCA).

 

Updated 9/8/2017