Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Art History Courses

The Art History courses offered in 2019-20 are listed below. For a complete list of the courses that may be offered in other years, please visit the Academic Calendar here.

2019/2020 Course Offerings:

Level 100 Courses

Art in the West from Antiquity to Modernity

ARTH 120/6.0 (ON CAMPUS)

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 2019 Term - Tues. 9:30AM-11:30AM), J. Amos (Winter 2020 Term - Tues. 9:30AM-11:30AM) Location: Etherington Auditorium 

Level 200 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 200-LEVEL COURSES
Level 2 or permission of the Department.


Art and Popular Culture - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 203/3.0

This course explores the relationship between the development of a "popular culture" and the visual arts between c. 1700 - 2000 in Europe and North America. 

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

Instructor: N/A


Caves, Cathedrals, Capitals: Introduction to World Architecture - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 208/3.0

Covering considerable territory, from the painted caves of Niaux in South-West France to megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge, from the villages of the Middle Ages to the cities of Modernity, this course introduces key ideas, monuments, building technologies and protagonists in the history of Architecture from prehistory to present.

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

Instructor: N/A


An Introduction to Technical Art History

ARTH 210/3.0

A course surveying the study of artists’ materials and techniques through methods of examination such as X-radiography, infrared reflectography, dendrochronology, and high-resolution digital imaging. 

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

Instructor: R. Spronk (Fall  2019 - Wed. 10:00AM - 11:30AM/Fri. 8:30AM-10:00AM) Location: Chernoff RM 117


Science and Art Conservation: Complexities and Controversies - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 211/3.0

This course will explore the scientific aspects of art conservation, including the materials found in cultural heritage, their degradation, and the scientific techniques used in their analysis. Topics to be discussed include conservation treatments and preventive conservation, as well as forgeries and conservation controversies in history.

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

Instructor: N/A


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. 

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

Instructor: M. Reeve (Winter 2020 - Mon. 11:30AM-2:30PM) Location: RM 101 


Renaissance Art and Architecture Before 1500 - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

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

Instructor: N/A


Renaissance Art and Architecture after 1500 - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

Instructor: N/A


Fashion and Art: From the Renaissance to the Present

ARTH 225/3.0

This course considers the relationship between fashion and art from the Renaissance to the present. Through an exploration of objects and images, it examines social and cultural changes in Western dress, artists' use of clothing to construct narratives, and fashion itself as a form of artistic representation.

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

Instructor: J. Amos (Fall 2019 - Tues. 8:30AM - 10:00AM/Fri.10:00AM - 11:30AM) Location: Chernoff RM 117


Histories of Modern Art - NOT OFFERED

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.

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

Instructor: N/A


Histories of Contemporary Art

ARTH 228/3.0

This course will examine the histories, meanings and sites of contemporary art from the 1960s 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.

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

Instructor: J. Kennedy (Winter 2020 - Wed. 2:30PM - 5:30PM) Location: Dunning RM 14


Canadian Art I - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 231/3.0

A study of Canadian art from its beginnings through the nineteenth century. The nature and development of Canadian art within the context of the social, political, and economic history of the country will be examined.

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

Instructor: N/A


Canadian Art II - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 232/3.0

A study of Canadian art from the end of the nineteenth century. The nature and development of Canadian art within the context of the social, political and economic history of the country will be examined.

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

Instructor: N/A


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.

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

Instructor: S. Perry (Fall 2019 - Thur. 6:30PM - 9:30PM) Location: Kingston RM 101


Art and Architecture in Venice - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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. 

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: N/A


Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 248/3.0

An introduction to the arts and visual culture of the indigenous peoples of North America from north of the Rio Grande to the Arctic, encompassing pre-history, colonialism, and the modern period. Key works from six regional zones are studied in their historical and cultural contexts.

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

Instructor: N/A


Art, Culture and Society - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 250/3.0

An introduction to the social conditions and cultural movements that shaped European visual art of the nineteenth century in its global context. The course will stress the tension between modernity and anti-modernism as well as competing views on the very nature of visual art.

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

Instructor: N/A


Baroque Art 

ARTH 253/3.0

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: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor: G.Bailey (Fall 2019 Tues. 10:00AM - 11:30AM/ Thur 8:30AM - 10:00AM) Location: Dupuis Aud. (Tues) Ellis RM 324 (Thurs)


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 2020 - Tues. 6:30PM-9:30PM) Location: Kingston RM 101


Latin American Art - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 272/3.0

Surveys the art and architecture of Latin America from the pre-Hispanic period to the present, from Patagonia to California. Particular attention is paid to the contribution of aboriginal artists and traditions to colonial visual culture and the built environment. Considers the rise of the academies, Nationalism, Indigenism, Romanticism, Modernism (Kahlo, Rivera, Tarsila), Madí and Chicano muralism. 

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

Instructor: N/A


Art Worlds  

ARTH 288/3.0

This course introduces students to key institutions of art by studying their histories, current practices, and future challenges. Using a case study approach to institutions including museums, artist-run centres, auction houses, and private galleries, the course develops students’ understanding of art worlds both in Canada and globally.

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

Instructor: A. Morehead (Fall 2019 - Tues. 6:30PM - 9:30PM) Location: Stirling RM B


Architecture 1900 to the Present

ARTH 292/3.0

An examination of modern architecture in the western world, from 1900 to the present.

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

Instructor: K. Romba (Winter 2020 - Tues. 4:00PM-5:30PM/ Thurs. 2:30PM - 4:00PM) Location: Kines & Health RM 100


Self/Image: The Portrait   

ARTH 293/3.0

From ancient Egyptian mummies to contemporary selfies, portraits have reflected and shaped ideals of personal and collective identity in diverse cultures and historical periods. This course explores the art of portraiture and its significance in human society. Specific case studies may vary.

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

Instructor: S. Dickey (Winter 2020 - Wed. 10:00AM-1:00PM) Location: Convocation Hall

Level 300 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 300-LEVEL COURSES
Level 3 or permission of the Department.


The Artwork as Material Object 

ARTH 301/3.0

The course explores the creation of African art collections, emphasizing the issues related to the objects in museums of different types. The role of scholars, critics and curators in the definition of these objects as ethnological or artwork, as well as the issues related to their meaning, function and authorship will be discussed. The contemporary discussion around resignification and repatriation of African objects will also be presented.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: TBA (Winter 2020 - Tues. 2:30PM - 5:30PM) Location: MacDonald RM 3


Issues in Contemporary Art and Popular culture - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 303/3.0

This course examines intersections between art and popular culture in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students will develop an understanding of the histories of the terms “ART” and “popular culture”, how they have been defined, historically opposed, and are contemporary art (e.g. Fluxus, manga, Tropicalia, net.art and post-internet)PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Issues in the History of Canadian Art  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above. 

Instructor: N/A


Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art History  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 305/3.0

Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art is about drawing as a medium, practice, and object. We will explore how drawing has become legitimized as an autonomous field of theory and practice, especially over the past 30 years. Our readings and visual analyses will emphasize the question: what it is about drawing that makes it so closely associated with the affective—especially with themes of time, choice, and thought?

RECOMMENDATION:  ARTH 226/3.0 and ARTH 228/3.0

Instructor: N/A 


Modern Architecture in Germany: A Social History 

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.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: K. Romba (Winter 2020 - Mon. 10:00AM - 11:30AM/Wed. 8:30AM-10:00AM) Location: Dunning RM 27


Romanesque: Art and Historicism in Europe c.800-1150  - NOT OFFERED 2019/2020

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. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


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.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: M. Reeve (Winter 2020 - Fri. 8:30AM-11:30AM) Location: Humphrey RM 131


Art and Feminisms 

ARTH 310/3.0

A study of the connections between art, art history and intersectional feminisms. Students will be introduced to a number of the key issues and critical frameworks that have informed diverse, transnational feminist approaches to art, art history and art criticism. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: J. Kennedy (Winter 2020 - Mon. 2:30PM-5:30PM) Location: Jeffery RM 118


Gender and Modernism - NOT OFFERED 2019/2020

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 identitites, and the gendering of Modernism.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 226/3.0 and ARTH 228/3.0 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Quattrocento Painting  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 312/3.0

An examination of selected topics in 15th -century Italian Renaissance painting. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 214/3.0 and ARTH 215/3.0

Instructor: N/A


Art in the Age of Internet

ARTH 319/3.0

An examination of the impact of networked digital technologies on the production, display and reception of global contemporary art. From artists’ early experiments with computers in the 1960s to the post-internet and algorithmic arts of the 21st century, students will be introduced to key practices, technologies, theories and debates.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above. It is recommended that students have taken ARTH 120.

Instructor: J. Kennedy (Fall 2019 - Thurs. 11:30AM-2:30PM) Location: MacDonald RM 4


European Art, 1789-1859: Revolution to Evolution  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 321/3.0

A study of European art and sculpture of the early nineteenth century in its political, social and scientific contexts. Topics may include revolutionary painting and caricature, national romanticism, orientalism and empire, realism and popular culture, universal exhibitions, and the interplay of art and modern sciencePREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


French Art and Its Reception, 1855-1912  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 214/3.0 and ARTH 215/3.0 or ARTH 213/6.0

Instructor: N/A


Decoding Dress of the Nineteenth Century - NOT OFFERED 2019/2020

ARTH 325/3.0

Requires Description

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 339/3.0

Selected problems in the development of Canadian painting and sculpture in the modern period. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Aspects of Contemporary Art in Canada  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Photography and Society 

ARTH 341/3.0

An introduction to the processes, practices and histories of photography; the changing topics address its interpretation and application since the 1840s. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: J. Schwartz (Fall 2019 - Wed. 5:30PM - 8:30PM) Location: MacDonald RM 2


Photography in Canada 1839-1938  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Italian Art of the High Renaissance  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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 214/3.0 and 215/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Mannerism  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 347/3.0

Painting and sculpture in the period following the High Renaissance will be examined, with emphasis placed on the emergence and meaning of mannerism in Florence and Rome. 

RECOMMENDATION:  ARTH 214/3.0 and 215/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Arts of the Arctic  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 348/3.0

A study of the arts and visual culture of the Indigenous peoples of the northern circumpolar region encompassing Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, with a main focus on Dorset, Thule, and post-1950 Inuit arts. Students will examine the development of modern Inuit art markets, including reception, promotion, and circulation in the south.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 248/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Printmaking in Early Modern Europe  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 352/3.0

A chronological survey of the history of printmaking in Western Europe from its beginnings in the 15th century to the Industrial Revolution. Topics include the cultural impact of the reproducible image, the development of woodcut, engraving, etching and lithography, and the achievements of printmakers such as Dürer, Goltzius, Callot, Rembrandt, Hogarth and Goya. 

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 253/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Flemish Baroque Art -  NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 353/3.0

A detailed study of painting and related arts in Flanders (present-day Belgium) in the 17th century, with emphasis on the achievements of artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. 

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 253/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


The Age of Rembrandt

ARTH 354/3.0

A detailed study of paintings produced in the Netherlands, ca. 1580-1700. Developments in style and the growth of subject types such as genre, portraiture, landscape, and still life are examined in the cultural context of life in the Dutch Republic, with particular attention to the achievements of artists such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above. It is recommended that students have taken ARTH 120 and ARTH 253.

Instructor: S. Dickey (Fall 2019 - Wed 10:00AM - 11:30AM/Fri. 8:30AM-10:00AM) Location: MacDonald RM 2


Architecture of the Renaissance Period  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 369/3.0

Theory and practice of architecture and town planning from the 15th to the late 16th centuries in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


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, Phillipines. Includes Italian bel composto, impact of theater, salon culture in Paris, indigenous contributions outside Europe, ephemera, gardens.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: G. Bailey (Winter 2020 - Tues. 2:30PM - 5:30PM) Location: MacDonald RM 4


Art of Colonial Latin America  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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).

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Bosch and Bruegel: 16th Century Netherlandish Painting 

ARTH 374/3,0

A study of Netherlandish painters in the 16th century from Jheronimus Bosch to Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: R. Spronk (Fall 2019 Mon. 8:30AM-10:00AM/Thur. 10:00AM-11:30AM) Location: Goodwin RM 254


Early Netherlandish Painting  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 375/3.0

A study of Netherlandish painters (c. 1410-1560) from the Master of Flemalle and Jan van Eyck to Geertgen tot Sint Jans and Hieronymus Bosch.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 214/3.0 and 215/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


Venice and Its Biennale: The Display of Contemporary Art and Culture in a Historic City 

ARTH 380/6.0

Instruction in Venice based on daily study visits to the Venice Biennale and sites of display for modern and contemporary art, such as the Peggy Guggenheim and Francois Pinault collections.

Costs of travel and accommodation abroad must be paid by the student. Consult the Department of Art for the actual costs involved. Estimated cost: room and board $4500, Travel $1200.

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: N/A


The City 

ARTH 383/3.0

This course examines the phenomenon of the city, a settlement of high density that has, throughout history, offered many distinctive social and cultural experiences. The focus of this course will be urban art, architecture, planning, and material culture, and their relationship to those experiences. Specific urban case studies, Western and non-Western, will provide the foundation for our study. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: K. Romba (Fall 2019 - Tue 10:00AM - 11:30AM/ Thur. 8:30AM - 10:00AM) Location: Dunning RM 27


Writing Art History Today 

ARTH 390/3.0

An examination of the history of the discipline and the epistemological assumptions underpinning art historical research and writing in the past and present.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: J. Amos (Winter 2020 - Thur. 11:30AM - 2:30PM) Location: McLaughlin RM 306


Art Forgeries 

ARTH 391/3.0

Art Forgeries will delve deeper into the world of visual fakes to provide a more comprehensive understanding of their history, production, identification, and reception.  We will look at forgeries throughout history and through an interdisciplinary lens that will consider the impact of art forgeries on a wide range of disciplines including art history, finance, law, museology, and conservation. PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: D. Cunningham (Fall 2019 - Mon. 10:00AM-11:30AM/ Wed. 8:30AM-10:00AM) Location: Kingston RM 200


The Portrait - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 393/3.0

As documents of personal and collective identity, portraits reflect the ideals and concerns of the people they depict and the contexts in which they circulate. This course explores the impact of portraiture as an art form and a social phenomenon. Course content may focus on one or more artists, media, historical periods or cultural traditions. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: N/A


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 and Internship Description Template

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

Instructor: Various


Propaganda in Visual Culture: From the Altar to the X-Box - Online Version through Continuing and Distance Studies 

ARTH 350/6.0 (ONLINE)

This course will examine the ways in which visual culture can function as social, political or religious propaganda.  With reference to examples produced from c.1600 to the present, it will deal with a variety of media and the ways in which developments in technology contribute to the spread of propaganda.

Instructor: J. Russell Corbett (Winter 2020 Term)

Website: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci_online/courses/propoganda-and-visual-culture-from-the-altar-to-the-x-box

Level 400 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 400-LEVEL COURSES
Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH


Studies in Iconography - Telling Stories: History, Myth, and Genre in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Materials and Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting, with a focus on Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  

ARTH 402/3.0

Early Netherlandish paintings, as material objects, are complex layered structures that were produced with a broad range of materials in distinct stages. Methods of technical examination, such as X-radiography and infrared reflectography, provide complementary information about these objects and their production. This course surveys how Netherlandish paintings were produced, and why this information can be of critical importance for art historians.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: R. Spronk (Winter 2020 - Mon. 11:30AM - 2:30PM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Conservation Principles - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 404/3.0

A general survey course dealing with various aspects of conservation and museology. The course deals with professional ethics, control of the factors causing deterioration and with preventive conservation including care in handling, transporting, and storing cultural property. Open to upper-year undergraduate students with permission of the Department.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: N/A


Cultural Heritage Preservation

ARTH 405/3.0

An investigation of how cultural heritage has been preserved in different parts of the world in the past and the present, focusing on methods used to ameliorate or prevent damage and destruction caused by the environment, war, looting and restoration. Case studies will be drawn from the UNESCO World Heritage list.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: C. Hoeniger (Winter 2020 - Thur. 11:30AM - 2:30PM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Studies in the History of Textiles and Dress  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 410/3.0

Studies in the textiles and dress of selected periods with a focus upon visual culture and/or material culture.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: N/A


Topics in Medieval Art History  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 415/3.0

A detailed study of one area or topic in the history of medieval European art.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: N/A


Performance Art Studies  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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. 

PREREQUISITE:   Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Art and Activism - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: N/A


Topics in Early 20th-century Visual and Material Culture - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 421/3.0

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

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor:N/A


Topics in Later 20th-century Visual and Material Culture  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 422/3.0

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

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


The House: Studies in the History of an Idea - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 425/3.0

This course considers the house as a central typology in the history of architecture and will explore it in its fullest theoretical and literary contexts. We consider the house as an idea and a material whole, including the art that is housed, the functions and performances that it staged, and the patrons, architects and designers that created it.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Topics in 19th-century Visual and Material Culture - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 429/3.0

A detailed study of one area or topic in the history of 19th-century visual culture.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Art, Tourism and Modernity  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 433/3.0

An examination of the relationship of art and tourism. Topics include the role of tourism in the creation of tourist, Folk and Primitive art, souvenir and craft; the relationship of museums and cultural tourism to the rise of global capitalism; the ways in which art in a tourism economy participates in the politics of identity and representation. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Non-Western Art in Western Collections

ARTH 434/3.0

A consideration of the history of collecting and public collections; of museum policy and practice; and of Western notions of art and culture as they are applied in the museum to non-Western art.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N. Vorano (Winter 2020 - Mon. 2:30PM - 5:30PM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Art History Theory and Methods   - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 435/3.0

This course examines a range of theoretical approaches used currently in art historical scholarship, including Marxism, gender theory, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, and postcolonialism. 

PREREQUISITE:Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Anthropological Theory and Art History

ARTH 436/3.0

This course will examine a range of anthropological theories and will assess their potential methodological roles in art historical analysis.

PREREQUISITE: Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: K.Romba (Fall 2019 - Mon. 2:30PM - 5:30PM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Studies in Indigenous Arts and Visual Culture in North America - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 438/3.0

This seminar offers an in-depth study of a topic in North American Indigenous arts and visual culture, including theoretical and methodological readings.

PREREQUISITES: Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Critical Writing on Photography: Meaning and Practice - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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 photograph

PREREQUISITES:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Topics in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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 students have taken a 200 or 300-level course on a relevant topic (ARTH 214, 215, 253, 352, 353, 354, 375). This course is especially recommended for students who have taken ARTH 353 Flemish Baroque Painting.  

Instructor: N/A


Caravaggio and Artemisia 

ARTH 451/3.0

Explores Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi and contemporaries in Baroque Italy. Considers issues such as naturalism/idealism, patronage, populist piety, gender. One of the goals is to look at the ways in which these artists' personalities have been projected onto their work by scholars, essayists, novelists, and filmmakers.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: G. Bailey (Winter 2020 - Tues. 8:30AM - 11:30AM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Curatorial Studies

ARTH 460/3.0

This seminar, held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, integrates historical, theoretical, and pratical approaches to contemporary curatorial issues.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: Jacquelyn Coutré (Winter 2020)


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 regions. Will consider the transformation of the arts of Early Modern Europe in contact situations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Quebec.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: G. Bailey (Fall 2019 - Mon. 8:30AM - 11:30AM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Gothic Sculpture - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

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:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


A Social and Material History of Italian Renaissance Sculpture  

ARTH 485/3.0

This course will explore the diverse materials used for sculpture (marble, bronze, wood, clay, wax, etc.) and their social functions: how sculptures were a part of cult practices, dressing sculptures, speaking statues, miraculous sculptures, iconoclasm, reliquaries, and domestic objects.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: U. D'Elia (Fall 2019 - Mon. 11:30AM - 2:30AM) Location: Ontario RM 210 


16th-Century Painting in Venice  - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 486/3.0

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

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Studies in Word and Image: The Illustrated Book in Early Modern Europe

​ARTH 490/3.0

The study of how words and images interact in visual and material culture. Topics may vary to address a selected theme, historical period, artist, movement, or art form, such as: illustrated books or manuscripts; art as inspiration for literary works or vice versa; scientific and technical illustration; words as images; film and digital media. 

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: S. Dickey (Winter 2020 - Mon. 8:30AM - 11:30AM) Location: Ontario RM 210


Studies in the Literature of Art - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

​ARTH 492/3.0

The detailed, analytic study of a selected body of texts within the literature of art, directed towards gaining an understanding of the dominant theories, critical attitudes, or historical perspectives on art during a particular period. 

PREREQUISITE:  Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Topics in Baroque Art - NOT OFFERED 2019/20

ARTH 494/3.0

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

PREREQUISITE: Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: N/A


Studies in the History of Prints and Drawings: The Quest for Colour

ARTH 496/3.0

A detailed study in the history of prints and drawings. Students in this class will work together to organize an exhibition to open at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in December 2019.

PREREQUISITE: Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 1.9 and 24.0 units in ARTH. 

Instructor: S. Dickey (Fall 2019 - Tue. 11:30AM - 2:30PM) Location: Ontario RM 210