Course Description 

This course is an historical introduction to the visual representations produced during a period of unprecedented political, economic, and cultural change in Europe. Although the syllabus unfolds chronologically, individual sessions have been grouped conceptually to allow for more intensive investigations of particularly important themes. The class is not a traditional “survey” in the sense that it does not claim to be comprehensive; rather, it will focus on constellations of ideas and objects that are most compelling. 

Learning Objectives 

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to look carefully at a work of art and to translate your visual responses into descriptive and analytical language.
  • They should also be able to compare and contrast at least two different paintings.
  • Finally, they should be able to locate there observations about the two paintings concretely in history (using secondary sources)