Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 2:00 - 3:00pm
This introduction to the arts of ancient Greece and Rome is designed for newcomers to the history of art and/or to the study of the ancient Mediterranean. The lectures survey 1500 years of Greek and Roman art and architecture both thematically and chronologically. After a preliminary discussion of aims, methods, materials, and the rediscovery of antiquity from the Renaissance to the present, they proceed chronologically, touching on key topics such as art and religion, art and power, city and sanctuary, death and commemoration, the symposium, nudity and the body, art collecting and display, and center and periphery. Participants will learn to acquire the perceptual, historical, and critical skills necessary to analyze, understand, and interpret art and architecture in their historical and social/political contexts. Whenever possible, new discoveries will be illustrated and discussed.