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

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Unit 1: week 1


    section: week 2 | week 3
   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

Discussion topic:
Postcolonial theory and the horrors and pleasures of Romanticism

Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.

1) Last week you discussed the political and artistic creation of the individual. In your reading on "Cultural Studies and postcolonial theory," Anne D'ALLEVA writes instead about human "subjects," "subjectivity," and "identity." How does she define these terms and explain their use by contemporary scholars?
2) On pp. 84-84 D'ALLEVA offers several examples of ways to study figure 3.7 using postcolonial or subaltern studies. Using these as a model, generate your own questions and observations about the images below.
3) Last week we saw images that related to two revolutions. How do these images relate (whether explicitly or implicitly) to contemporary politics? How do the artists invite us to feel about or react to these subjects?

Antoine-Jean GROS (1771-1835)
Napoleon in the Plague House at Jaffa
Oil on canvas
5.32 x 7.2 m.
Paris: Louvre
Jean-Auguste-Dominique INGRES (1780-1867)
Large Odalisque
Oil on canvas
88.9 x 162.5 cm.
Théodore GÉRICAULT (1791-1824)
Raft of the "Medusa"
Oil on canvas
4.9 x 7.16 m.
Paris: Louvre
Eugène DELACROIX (1798-1863)
Scenes from the Massacre at Chios
Oil on canvas
4.22 x 3.53 m.
Paris: Louvre
Eugène DELACROIX (1798-1863)
Women of Algiers
Oil on canvas
1.8 x 2.29
Paris: Louvre
Francisco GOYA (1746-1828)
Third of May, 1808
Oil on canvas
2.67 x 4.06 m.
Madrid: Prado

Francisco GOYA (1746-1828)
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, No. 43 from Los Caprichos (The Caprices)
1796-98, published 1799
Etching and aquatint



* 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"
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