ART 114 - The History of Art and the Human Figure
A chronological survey of the representation of the human body in the production of art from antiquity to the present. Emphasis is on the belief systems of specific cultures, and how those beliefs influence self-perception, and self-expression. Students will study basic human anatomy looking closely at the rise of anatomical science and its influence upon Renaissance and Baroque art. The current use and misuse of the human body in media is also explored. Format involves slide lecture, readings, and class discussion.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Broaden the student’s knowledge of how works of art depicting the human form relate to the environments which created them.
2. Develop analytical approaches to discussing cultures of the world and their artistic expressions.
3. Develop writing skills through the writing of a substantial research paper which addesses a subject pertinent to the history of the human figure in art.
4. Relate the production of art to the economic, social, political and philosophical contexts of its time.
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