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Art History Courses

The Art History does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For a complete list of courses available, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Fall 2013 Course Schedule (41 KB)

Winter 2014 Course Schedule (41 KB)

Current Course Offerings (2013/14)

Level 100 Courses

Art in the West from Antiquity to Modernity

ARTH 120/6.0
A survey of famous and lesser-known works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Modern Age. Themes include politics, religion, mythology, gender roles, techniques, conservation and intersections with non-western cultures.

EXCLUSION: When both ARTH 116* and ARTH 117* are taken they exclude ARTH 120.

Instructor: U. D'Elia (fall term)/ S. Dickey (winter term)


Level 200 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 200-LEVEL COURSES
Second-year standing or permission of the Department.

Medieval Art

ARTH 212/3.0
An introduction to the arts of the Middle Ages (c.300-1400) from the origins of Christian art under the Emperor Constantine, through the Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Periods. The focus will be on major monuments and personalities and will also involve a trip to Toronto to study medieval art in the Royal Ontario Museum.

Instructor: M. Reeve (fall term)


Renaissance Art and Architecture Before 1500  

ARTH 214/3.0

A study of Renaissance art and architecture before 1500 within the context of the social, political and economic history of Western Europe. Key monuments, themes and concepts will be stressed.

EXCLUSION:   No more than 6.0 units from  ARTH 214/3.0; ARTH 215/3.0; ARTH 213/6.0

Instructor: A. Sherman (fall term)


Renaissance Art and Architecture after 1500

ARTH 215/3.0

A study of Renaissance art and architecture after 1500 within the context of the social, political and economic history of Western Europe. Key monuments, themes and concepts will be stressed.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

EXCLUSION:  No more than 6.0 units from  ARTH 214/3.0; ARTH 215/3.0; ARTH 213/6.0

Instructor:  U. D’Elia (winter term)


Histories of Modern Art

ARTH 226/3.0
This course will examine the histories, meanings and sites of modern art in the metropolitan West from about the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Students will become familiar not only with the works themselves, but with shifts in critical conceptions and key art historical problems surrounding modern art.

Instructor: TBA (fall term)


Histories of Contemporary Art

ARTH 228/3.0
This course will examine the histories, meanings and sites of contemporary art in the metropolitan West from the 1960's to the present. Students will become familiar not only with the works themselves, but with shifts in critical conceptions and popular media that affect both the production and reception of contemporary art.

Instructor:  TBA (winter term)


An Introduction to the History of Photography

ARTH-242/3.0
An introduction to the history of photography as technology, art, and social  practice. Within the larger historical contexts of society and culture, it surveys key developments and applications in France, England, and the United States, and their spread to other parts of the world, and considers the work of major photographers and their influence.

Instructor: J. Schwartz (winter term)


Art and Architecture in Venice

ARTH 245/6.0

Instruction in Venice based on daily study tours to the city's monuments and galleries. Each week a visit will be organized to an important centre in the Venice region. Costs of travel and accommodation abroad must be paid by the student. The total cost of the course, including program fee, tuition, room and board, airfare
and living expenses was estimated at $8000-$8500 for May, 2012.

Instructor: A. Sherman, K. Stermole (summer term)


Culture and Conflict

ARTH 260/3.0                      

An investigation of the impact of war on art and architecture, as well as human attempts to preserve cultural heritage. A chronological or thematic approach may be taken, with focus placed on one or more case studies, such as: the Sacks of Rome, the Napoleonic wars, Nazi looting, the Cultural Revolution in China, Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor:  C. Hoeniger (winter term)


Art of Colonial Latin America

ARTH 272/3.0
A survey of the visual culture of Europe and its colonies in the Baroque age (ca. 1580-1750). Attention is given to developments in all aspects of the visual arts, with emphasis on painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts, and on the achievements of artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Velasquez, and Bernini. PREREQUISITE ARTH 120 is strongly recommended.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 120/6.0

Instructor: G. Bailey (fall term)


Architecture 1900 to the Present

ARTH 292/3.0
An examination of modern architecture in the western world, from 1900 to the present.

Instructor: K. Romba (winter term)


Level 300 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 300-LEVEL COURSES
Third-year standing or permission of the Department.

Issues in the History of Canadian Art

ARTH 304/3.0                      

A selective examination of issues in Canadian art history and historical practice, especially as they inform the production and critique of the history of Canadian art.

NOTE:  Field trips: estimated cost $30.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 3 or above.

Instructor: J. Schwartz (winter term)


Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art History

ARTH 305/3.0
An examination of one aspect of modern and/or contemporary art history. Possible areas of investigation include the study of an issue important to the art of the modern and/or contemporary period, as well as the study of the methods and historiographic positionings of art historians working today. 

RECOMMENDATION:ARTH 227/6.0 or ARTH 226/3.0 and ARTH 228/3.0  

Instructor: C. Robertson (winter term)


Schinkel to Speer:  German Architecture from 1815 to 1945

ARTH 306/3.0
This survey examines key German buildings and monuments from the beginning of German Confederation to the end of the Third Reich. Emphasis will be placed on situating this architecture in its broader cultural and social context.   

Instructor: K. Romba (winter term)


Romanesque: Art and Historicism in Europe c.800-1150

ARTH 307/3.0                        

This course considers the retrospective tendencies in art of the so-called ‘Romanesque period’ leading up to the ‘Gothic’. Considering monuments across all media, we discuss concepts of artistic development in cathedral, monastic and secular settings. We will also consider modes of ‘reading’ and interpretation of medieval art in terms of contemporary modes of perception.

Instructor: M. Reeve (fall term)


Gothic Art in Europe c.1150-1400

ARTH 308/3.0
This course examines the changes in European art later known as 'Gothic'. With a focus on England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany, this class will consider major monuments across the media, from manuscript painting, to architecture, stained glass, sculpture and ars sacra. Throughout, monuments will be placed in their appropriate social, historical and patronal contexts.

Instructor: M. Reeve (winter term)


Feminism, Art, Art History

ARTH 310/3.0
A study of women as subjects in art, producers of art, patrons and viewers of art, and writers of art history. Specfici female artists will be considered within their historical contexts and within theoretical frameworks that have become important to feminist art historians during the past 15 to 20 years (fr example, marxist theroy, reception theory, gender theory, psychoanalytic theory).

Instructor: S. Dickey (fall term)


Gender and Modernism

ARTH 311/3.0
A study of gender in relation to modern visual culture from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries using theoretical frameworks drawn from feminist art history and gender studies. Topics to be studied include fashion and modernity, consumer culture, gendered and transgendered artistic identities, and the gendering of Modernism.

RECOMMENDATION    ARTH 227/6.0.

Instructor: TBA (fall term)


French Art and Its Reception, 1855-1912

ARTH 324/3.0
A study of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French art in its changing institutional, social, and art historical contexts. Topics may include the institutions of exhibiting and artistic training, the art market, modernity, the new Paris, impressionism and sensation, the decorative, the cult of the self, primitivism and colonialism.

Instructor:TBA  (winter term)


Aspects of Contemporary Art in Canada

ARTH 340/3.0
An examination of a range of historical conditions that have encouraged and challenged the growth of a visual and media arts practice in Canada since the mid-1950s.

Instructor: C. Robertson (fall term)


Photography in Canada 1839-1939 

ARTH 342/3.0                      

Through lectures, readings, and research, this course explores the nature, practice, and impact of photography in Canada between 1839 and 1939. By examining how the new medium was used to confirm, complement, and contest older forms of aesthetic expression, written documentation, or visual evidence, it traces the role of photography in Canadian society during this critical period of Canadian nation building.

Instructor:  J. Schwartz(fall term)


Italian Art of the High Renaissance

ARTH 345/3.0
The sources of High Renaissance art will be examined and special attention will be given to the works of Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo, up to about 1520.

RECOMMENDATION:ARTH 213/6.0

Instructor: U. D'Elia (fall term)


Architecture of the Baroque Period

ARTH 370/3.0                      

Baroque and Rococo architecture and urbanism of Europe and beyond including Italy, France, Iberia, Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, New Spain (Mexico), Peru, Brazil, India, Macau, Philippines. Includes Italian bel composto, impact of theater, salon culture in Paris, indigenous contributions outside Europe, ephemera, gardens.

Instructor:  G. Bailey(winter term)


Art of Colonial Latin America 

ARTH 372/3.0                      

Considers art, architecture, and ephemera in Colonial Latin America (1492-1820) with particular attention to the aboriginal contribution to visual culture and built environment and the impact of multiculturalism (Africans, Asians, mestizos, Europeans of various nationalities).

Instructor:  G. Bailey (fall term)


What is Art History?

ARTH 390/3.0
An examination of the history of the discipline and the epistemological assumptions underpinning art historical writing in the past and present.

Instructor: K. Romba (winter term)


INTERNSHIP

ARTH 395/3.0
Students in Art History and Fine Art can apply to take a practical internship in a museum or gallery, where they would undertake research or curatorial activities. All internships must be approved in advance by written application to the Undergraduate Coordinator. Approval will depend on the quality of the proposal and the academic record of the applicant. Students are required to write a report about their experience and are evaluated jointly by the employer and a faculty member from the Department of Art. It is the responsibility of students to arrange internships.

Please review the Internship Guidelines and Internship Application Form

NOTE    Depending on location, substantial travel and subsistence costs may be involved.

Instructor: Various


Level 400 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 400-LEVEL COURSES
A GPA of 2.60 in ARTH and level 4 and registration in an ARTH major or medial plan or permission of the Department.

Studies in Iconography

ARTH 401/3.0
The study of a selected theme within the subject matter of Western art, concentrating on its changing modes of representation in response to historical and artistic circumstances.

Instructor: C. Hoeniger (fall term)


Performance Art Studies

ARTH 419/3.0
This seminar/practicum course for studio artists focuses on the distinctive intermedia methods found in performance art as developed from the mid-1950s to the present.

Instructor: C. Robertson (fall term)


Art and Activism

ARTH 420/3.0   
An examination of both modern and postmodern contemporary art as activism sampled from Western and non-Western practices. The chronological period of study is from the end of the 1960s to the present. Theoretical frameworks to be used include social movement theory, postcolonial theory, and critical museum studies.

Instructor:  C. Robertson (winter term)


Topics in Early 20'th-Century Art History: Dada and Its Effects

ARTH 421/3.0

A detailed study of one area or topic in the history of early 20th-century art.

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor: A. Morehead (fall term)


Topics in Later 20th-Century Art History:  Anthropological and Ethnographic Theory

ARTH 422/3.0
A detailed study of one area or topic in the history of later 20th-century art.

Instructor: K. Romba (fall term)


Critical Writing on Photography: Meaning and Practice

ARTH 442/3.0
This seminar focuses on historical and contemporary critical writing to explore historical and contemporary perspectives on the nature, theory, and practice of photography. It is a course about ideas rather than images - ideas about photographs, about looking at photographs, and about reading photographs - ideas that have governed the way we look at, respond to, and draw meaning from photographs.

EXCLUSION:ARTH 492/3.0 (2003-2005).

Instructor: J. Schwartz (winter term)


Topics in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTH 446/3.0
A detailed study of one artist or theme in the visual culture of northern Europe, primarily The Netherlands and/or Germany. Topics may focus on the Renaissance and/or Baroque era (ca. 1400-1750).

Prerequisites:A GPA of 2.60 in 24.0 units in ARTH and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH major or Medial Plan.  It is recommended that participants will have taken a 200 or 300-level course on a relevant topic (ARTH 213/6.0, ARTH 352/3.0, ARTH 353/3.0, or ARTH 375/3.0).

Instructor: S. Dickey (fall term)


The Palladian Villa: Its Antecedents and Tradition

ARTH 457/3.0
The villa or country house for seasonal habitation will be studied with special reference to the villas of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). Attention will also be paid to the inception of the villa building type in antiquity, and in the Neo-Palladian movement in villa design.
 

  Instructor: M. Reeve (winter term)


Art and Global Encounter in Asia, the Americas and Africa, 1492-1850  

ARTH 472/3.0                      

An assessment of hybrid art focusing on the period of European evangelization of non-European civilizations, 15th-19th c., a global encounter involving the widest spectrum of peoples, races, cultures, and religions. Will consider the transformation of the arts of Early Modern Europe in contact situations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Quebec.

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor: G. Bailey (winter term)


Gothic Sculpture

ARTH 482/3.0                      

A study of the evolution of Gothic sculpture from the mid-12th century to the 15th century. Topics will range from the elaborate sculptural programs of great cathedrals to the work of Claus Sluter and other major sculptors of the late Middle Ages.

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan. 

Instructor:  U. D’Elia (winter term)


16th-Century Painting in Venice

ARTH 486/3.0                      

An examination of selected topics in the painting of Venice and the Veneto.

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor: A. Sherman (Winter term)


Topics in Baroque Art

ARTH 494/3.0    

A study of selected topics in the art of the 17th century.

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor:  K. Lloyd (fall term)


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