The History of British Art
This 100 level course is a thematically and chronologically structured survey of the visual arts and architecture in Britain from the early Middle Ages to 20th century. Class discussions will be framed around a number of major issues: symbols of identity, Britain and outside world (Continent; Empire, etc.), patronage, the role of the artist, representation of difference, the problem of iconoclasm, art and society, modes of visual perception/production. The diverse character of the ideas involved is intended to introduce different approaches to the study of visual arts. Chronologically the course is divided into three parts: Middle Ages and Renaissance, from Baroque to Late Romanticism, Modern and Contemporary Art and within each part the thematic principle will be used to analyze most important artistic phenomena.