ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005

Focusing on the United States and Europe in the period between the French Revolution and World War II, this class introduces painting, architecture and urban planning, the decorative arts, and the invention of new media such as photography, film, and visual mass media. Topics will include the intersections between art and politics, the rise of museums, the legacy of the classical tradition, and the artist as a model for the modern individual. Through readings, section discussions, and written assignments, students will explore and apply a variety of critical approaches.

syllabus
schedule | requirements| PDF

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Unit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4
Unit 2: week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8
Unit 3: week 10 | week 11 | week 12 | week 13 | week 14 | week 15

assignments
section: week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8 | week 10 | week 11 | week 12 | week 13 | week 14
   paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3 | journal

online resources
Cornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage


required texts:
Marilyn Stokstad
Art History, Revised 2nd edition, vol. II
Prentice Hall, 2004
Paperback
Erik Larson
Devil in the White City: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem at the Fair that Changed America
Vintage, 2004
Paperback


explore the 19th century

Booker T. WASHINGTON
Listen to his "Atlanta Compromise Speech"

Cornell Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War

Smithsonian Institution
Campfire Stories with George Catlin
explore the 18th century

Monticello
A Day in the Life of Thomas Jefferson

New York Historical Society
Arriving in Style: Treasures from the 18th Century

New York Public Library
Decoration in the Age of Napoleon


Getty Center
Grand Tour of Italy