This course surveys the history of Western art from ancient Greece and Rome to the twenty-first century. Focusing primarily on painting and sculpture, it explains how art communicates ideas and values that have shaped Western civilization and how art has developed in relation to changes in historical context, including politics, religion, science, economics, and society. Students will learn about major artistic movements, common techniques of Western art, and methods for interpreting visual culture both visually and historically. No previous knowledge of art history is assumed.
Assessment: 100% coursework.