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ART: ART HISTORY

ARTH-350
Regional Studies in Art History (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics offered through various AU Abroad programs, including analysis of major artists, groups, and stylistic developments of a specific region and time period. Topics explore the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the artists and works discussed and may focus on several forms of visual art/culture, including architecture, sculpture, painting, prints, and installations, and include on-site visits to museums and galleries, as well as architectural and archeological locations.

ARTH-350
001S
ART: ART HISTORY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Regional Studies in Art History (3)

Chinese Architecture

As the product of a unique culture and geographic environment, both the architectural form and the philosophy of space in China differed markedly from that of the world outside East Asia until the twentieth century. Rather than a chronological sequence of dynasties, this course offered through the AU Abroad program in in Beijing is delivered in a series of themes that are related to important aspects of Chinese civilization. Through critical readings, visual analysis, and field trips, students learn how cities, palaces, temples, residences, and gardens were designed in China and how their form and space were interpreted in literature. Moreover, the class looks into how form and space reflected Chinese social, ethical and religious values. In the end, special attention is given to controversies between the traditional and the modern China, such as the modernization of the cities and the heritage conservation issues.

ARTH-350
002S
ART: ART HISTORY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Regional Studies in Art History (3)

Baroque Art History

This course, offered as part of the AU abroad program in Paris, traces the evolution of French art and architecture from the late Renaissance at the end of the sixteenth century through the dawning of the Baroque under Henri IV and Louis XIII, the birth of the Grand style under Louis XIV, the Baroque revival at the end of Louis XIV's reign, its evolution into the Rococo style under Louis XV in the early eighteenth century, and concludes with the dawn of Neo-Classicism, just before the French Revolution.

ARTH-350
001S
ART: ART HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Regional Studies in Art History (3)

Chinese Architecture

As the product of a unique culture and geographic environment, both the architectural form and the philosophy of space in China differed markedly from that of the world outside East Asia until the twentieth century. Rather than a chronological sequence of dynasties, this course offered through the AU Abroad program in Beijing is delivered in a series of themes that are related to important aspects of Chinese civilization. Through critical readings, visual analysis, and field trips, students learn how cities, palaces, temples, residences, and gardens were designed in China and how their form and space were interpreted in literature. Moreover, the class looks into how form and space reflected Chinese social, ethical and religious values. In the end, special attention is given to controversies between the traditional and the modern China, such as the modernization of the cities and the heritage conservation issues.