Approaches to Art History

Module Leader:
Christoph Gottstein
2016-2017 Summer
Arts and Humanities

The art history seminar will give students a broad overview of the development of Western art and of a number of crucial moments that changed its trajectory. Among these feature the transition from Rococo to Neoclassical painting, the emergence of the various -isms of the 19th century, from Realism to Impressionism and Expressionism, and the birth of abstract art. In addition, the course will investigate the relationship of art and power, the particular case of women artists and feminist art, and the interplay between “high” art and mass culture.