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




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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

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assignments
section | paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3

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
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Readings are listed during week they will be discussed in class--please look ahead
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UNIT 1


WEEK 1
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1. Tue. 25 Jan. The Grand Tour and the Classical Tradition in Modern Art handout
2. Thu. 27 Jan. Exotic, Scientific, Sentimental: Visual Entertainments of the Ancien Régime

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "Painting in France," "Decorative Arts and Sculpture," pp. 902-909; "Art in Italy," "Art of the Grand Tour," & "Neoclassicism in Rome," pp. 909-913; "Neoclassicism in Architecture and the Decorative Arts" pp. 917-919; "The Romance of Science," p. 922

WEEK 2
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Tue. 1 Feb. Neoclassical as a Revolutionary Style: Building the American Republic
4. Thu. 3 Feb. From Terror to Empire: David, Napoleon, and the Politics of Display

Readings:
* STOKSTAD, AH , "Eighteenth-Century Art in Europe and North America," pp. 896-897; "The Enlightenment and Its Revolutions," pp. 898-899; "Academies and Academy Exhibitions," p. 906; "Women and Academies," 910; "Classical Revival in Architecture and Landscaping," pp. 913-915; "History Painting," 922-924
* the American "Bill of Rights," 1789
* the French "Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen," 1789
* Grove Dictionary of Art, "Museum, §I: History / 4. Cultural monuments: the creation of the Musée du Louvre and repercussions in Europe"

WEEK 3
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5. Tu. 8 Feb. Romanticism and Orientalism
6. Thu. 10 Feb. From Satire to the Sublime: Goya, Blake, Turner and Constable

Readings:
* STOKSTAD, AH , "Romantic Painting," 924-926; "Europe and the United States in the Nineteenth Century," "Early Nineteenth-Century Art: Neoclassicism and Romanticism," "Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France," "David and his Students," "Romantic Painting," "The Object Speaks: Raft of the Medusa," pp. 942-952; "Romantic Landscape Painting in Europe," 942-958
* D'ALLEVA, "Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Theory"

WEEK 4
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7. Tue. 15 Feb. Manifest Destiny, Native Americans, and Peale's Mastadon handout
8. Thu. 17 Feb. No class --work on Paper 1 and Journal

Readings:

* STOKSTAD, AH , "Naturalistic, Romantic, and Neoclassical American Art," "Landscape and Genre Painting," pp. 958-962
* POHL, "Old World, New World: The Encounter of Cultures on the American Frontier"

UNIT 2


WEEK 5
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9. Tue. 22 Feb. Realism and Socialist Politics handout

DUE: Paper 1, before lecture
late papers will not be accepted

10. Thu. 24 Feb. Abolition, Civil War, and the Role of Photography handout

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "Uncovering Sociopolitical Intentions," pp. xlv-xlvi; "Early Photography in Europe," "Technique: How Photography Works," pp. 964-967; "French Naturalism and Realism and their Spread," "French Naturalism," "French Realism," "Naturalism and Realism Outside France," pp. 971-976; " Civil War Photography and Sculpture," p. 1009; "Post-Civil War Realism," 1009-1011
* D'ALLEVA, "Marxist and Materialist Perspectives on Art"

WEEK 6
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11. Tue. 1 Mar. The Impressionist as the "Painter of Modern Life" handout
12. Thu. 3 Mar. The Battle of the Ancients and the Moderns

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , " Ukiyo-E : Pictures of the Floating World," pp. 831-833; "Late-Nineteenth-Century Art: Realism and Anti-Realism," pp. 943-944; "Impressionism," "Artistic Allusions in Manet's Art," "Japonisme,"   "Later Impressionism," pp. 979-992
* BAUDELAIRE, "The Painter of Modern Life"
* EISENMAN, "Manet and the Impressionists"

WEEK 7
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13. Tue. 8 Mar. Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists handout
14. Thu. 10 Mar. Eiffel, Egypt, and the Paris Exposition of 1889 handout

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "The Object Speaks: Large Plane Trees ," p. xlvii; "Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States," pp. 940-41; "Post-Impressionism," pp. 993-998
* ZEMEL, "Self-Portraits: the Construction of Professional Identity"
* COLLINS, "Art & Psychoanalysis: Van Gogh and Gaughin on the Couch"
* D'ALLEVA, "Psychology and Perception in Art"

WEEK 8
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15. Tue. 15 Mar. The Chicago School: Department Stores and Skyscrapers on the Plains handout
16. Thu. 17 Mar. The World's Columbian Exposition, 1893 handout

Due: Paper 2, Journal
Sections: discussion of Paper 2

Readings:
* STOKSTAD, AH , "New Materials and Technology in Architecture at Midcentury," pp. 967-969; "Architecture," "The City Park," pp. 1014-1017
* LARSON, Devil in the White City

DUE: Paper 2 on Larson , Devil in the White City, Journal

WEEK 9 SPRING BREAK

UNIT 3


WEEK 10
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17. Tue. 29 Mar. Eakins and the Spectacle of Science: Dissections, Panoramas, Stereoscopes, and Magic Lantern Shows
18. Thu. 31 Mar. Art Nouveau, the Vienna Secession, and Advertisements for the Modern Life

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "Late-Nineteenth-Century Art in Britian," pp. 977-979; "The Print Revivals," p. 984; "Art Nouveau," pp. 1003-1005; Thomas Eakins, pp. 1011-1012; "Late-Flowering Art Nouveau," pp. 1021-1022
* KELLER, "Disseminations of Modernity: Representations and Consumer Desire in Early Mail-Order Catalogues"
* D'ALLEVA, "Feminisms"

WEEK 11
19. Tue. 5 Apr. Wild Beasts, Blue Riders, and the Move to Abstraction
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Thu. 7 Apr. Picasso's "Naked Problems"

Sections: Johnson Museum Tour

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "The Rise of Modernism in Europe and North America," "Europe and the United States in the Early Twentieth Century," "Early Modernist Tendencies in Europe," pp. 1019-1021; "The Fauves," "Die Brücke," "Independent Expressionists," "Der Blaue Reiter," "Early Modernist Sculpture," "Cubism in Europe," "Picasso's Early Art," "Analytic Cubism," "Synthetic Cubism," "Responses to Cubism," pp. 1023-1042

WEEK 12
21. Tue. 12 Apr. The Modern Metropolis: From "City Beautiful" to Hell's Kitchen
Wed. 13 Apr. 7:30 p.m. HEC, Movie screening:
Modern Times (1936)
22. Thu. 14 Apr. Designs for Work and Home: Wright, Le Corbusier, and Gropius

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "Urban Photography," pp. 1011-1013; Early Modernist Tendencies in the United States," "Early Modern Architecture," "American Modernism," "The American Skyscraper," "European Modernism," "Elements of Architecture: The Skyscraper," pp. 1042-1049; "Classicism and Purism in France," "The International Style," "Bauhaus Art in Germany," 1055-1060; "Art and Architecture in the United States Between the Wars," "Precisionism," "American Scene Painting and Photography," pp. 1067-1072; "Architecture," pp. 1075-1078

WEEK 13
Mon. 18 Apr. 7:30 p.m. HEC, Movie screening:
Modern Times (1936)
23. Tue. 19 Apr. Moving Pictures and their Palaces
24. Thu. 21 Apr. Surrealism vs. Utilitarianism

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "Modernism in Europe Between the Wars," "Utilitarian Art Forms in Russia," "Rationalism in the Netherlands," pp. 1048-1053; "Suppression of the Avant-Garde in Germany," "Dada," "Surrealism," 1059-1066
* MALAND, "Modern Times: Political Ambiguity and Critical Response"
* MOLYNEAUX, "Modern Times and the American Culture of the 1930s"

WEEK 14
25. Tue. 26 Apr. "You Have Seen Their Faces": The Artists of the New Deal
26. Thu. 28 Apr. Selling the War

Readings:
* STOKSTAD , AH , "The Rise of Modernism in Europe and North America," pp. 1018-1019; "American Scene Painting and Photography," "Federal Patronage for American Art During the Depression," "The Harlem Renaissance," pp. 1068-1074; "Art in Mexico Between the Wars," 1078-1079
* OLSON, "Portraits in Praise of People: A Rhetorical Analysis of Norman Rockwell's Icons in Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'Four Freedoms' Campaign"

WEEK 15
27. Tue. 3 May Wartime Technology to Postwar Living
28. Thu. 5 May prelim

DUE: Fri. 13 May
Paper 3
Museum Exhibition Brochure