Undergraduate Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes/.

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information.

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Intro to History West Art
AS.010.101 (02)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 20/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intro to History West Art
AS.010.101 (03)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Representing Roman Power: Sculpture as Political Rhetoric from Republic to Empire
AS.010.222 (01)

Rome created one of the world’s most powerful empires that dominated the Mediterranean from the 3rd century BCE into the 4th century CE. As Rome expanded its borders, its cities saw a proliferation of sculptural monuments that produced a visual political rhetoric and expressed imperial ideologies. This class examines the close relationship between Roman sculpture and politics from the Republic through the Severan principate. Through close visual analysis of the ancient materials and critical readings of scholarship, this course will examine the role of sculpture in the formation, reproduction, and attenuation of imperial rule.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC

Art, Architecture and Urban Life in Renaissance Italy
AS.010.207 (01)

In recent years architectural and urban historians have begun to approach the built environment of the city not as a stage upon which an urban drama played out, but as the very medium that gave that drama form and shaped its meaning. This course aims to introduce students to the multifaceted features of the Italian Renaissance city by investigating the social and cultural history of urbanization as expressed in sculpture, painting, and architecture. We will explore a range of cities in central and northern Italy, including the major centers of Rome, Florence, Siena and Venice. A number of public works, monuments, and buildings will be discussed in a wide context informed by urban design and ritual life. Emphasis will be placed upon examining the role of works of art operating in conjunction with architecture in the shaping of public spaces and the creation of civic identities. The conditions of artistic production and the materials and techniques of painting, sculpture and architecture will also be discussed. A variety of texts will be read in conjunction with classroom analysis of visual materials in order to explore how urban spaces were lived and experienced. The course will be approached as a working seminar in which students will be expected to participate in discussions of the weekly readings, as well as conduct their own research culminating in the production of research papers.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

Freshman Seminar: Mapping the Middle Ages: Sites and Destinations
AS.010.114 (01)

This course is about the visual representation of built environments and geographical locations during the Middle Ages: architectural sites, cities, regions of the world, and the world itself. It surveys the full range of medieval modes of mapping, including itineraria (road maps), T-O maps, mappaemundi, and portolan charts; and explores dynamic changes in the conventions for depicting cityscapes and urban topography, from Roman antiquity to ca. 1500. In investigating this material, we will pay special attention to scientific and allegorical representations of places foreign to the culture within which they were made––an illuminated depiction of Venice from late medieval Paris; the fresco with representations of six world rulers at Qasr Amra in Jordan. Students will consider in what ways these images help us to understand pre-modern conceptualizations of geographical space, distance, ethnicity, and otherness. And to what extent did these images help shape these notions? Texts from the period, especially guidebooks and accounts written by medieval travelers, will help guide our discussion. The geographical focus of the course is Europe and the Mediterranean basin, but will include comparisons with the art of East Asia, Persia, and sub-Saharan Africa. The course includes a group visit to the Walters Art Museum.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

Abstraction
AS.010.203 (01)

This course will examine the elaboration and dissemination of major iterations of “abstract” art at key junctures throughout the twentieth century, with an emphasis primarily on developments in Europe and the Americas. Why abstraction? What were the formal, social, and philosophical stakes of divergent models and paradigms of abstract practice? And what difference do they make in the history and theory of artistic modernism? Class visits to the BMA and Special Collections.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Freshman Seminar - Lower, Later, Farther Away: Roman Art Beyond the Center
AS.010.112 (01)

This course will introduce students to the art of the Roman world through art created by and for the Roman lower classes, art created in late antiquity, and art created in the far provinces of the empire. These topics represent a dramatic shift away from the traditional “center” of the study of Roman art (art created for the wealthy and politically privileged citizens of central Italy between the first century BCE and the first century CE), and are leading to new understanding of marginalized groups in the Roman world.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Art of the Ancient Americas
AS.010.105 (01)

This course provides a basis for the study of ancient Americas art and architecture and a broad exposure to the issues relevant to its study. Select visual arts within the primary regions of Mexico and Central America will be emphasized. In conjunction with the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the JHU Archaeological Museum (JHAM), students will participate in on-site study of the collections.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/25
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH

Intro to History West Art
AS.010.101 (01)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 20/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intro to History West Art
AS.010.101 (04)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Arts of the Spanish Empire
AS.010.325 (01)

From the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, visual forms and practices linked such disparate places as Mexico City and Naples, Manila and Lima, Cuzco and Antwerp, Quito and Madrid: all cities in the Spanish Empire. This course provides an overview of the visual strategies deployed by the Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church across these vast global geographies to consolidate political power and instill religious faith. Such regimes of visuality were reshaped by local conditions and concerns. Focusing on different cities in the Spanish Empire, this course will examine the entanglements between the global and universal ideals of empire and their local manifestations and contestations. Students will gain a broad understanding of the diversity of artistic production in the Spanish empire, exploring religious paintings and sculptures; maps used for imperial surveillance; luxury goods crafted from shimmering feathers, ceramics, ivory, and precious metals; urban design and architecture from the ports of Europe to the highland outposts of the Andes; ephemeral cityscapes for civic performance. Through an examination of such topics, this course offers an introduction to the art historical methods and theoretical concerns used to study objects within an imperial frame.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

Art of Colonial Peru
AS.010.320 (01)

Viewed within the dynamic historical context of colonial society, we consider the pictorial, sculptural, and architectural programs that ensued in viceregal Peru (1532-1825). We examine the role of religious orders, art schools, artisan guilds and cofradía, and consider the social and political implications of art patronage.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/25
  • PosTag(s): HART-NW

The ‘Long Sixties’ in Europe
AS.010.310 (01)

This seminar examines aspects of advanced artistic production that emerged in France, Italy, the Benelux, and German-speaking countries primarily in the years 1945-1972 as constituent elements of the “Long Sixties,” a period of extraordinary and often rapid social transformation. Among our questions: How was the work of art reimagined and repositioned in the wake of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, in the context of reconstruction and an emerging consumer society, and in light of the Cold War, decolonization, and other political tensions and cataclysms? How did artists conceive the claims of artistic tradition in a rapidly expanding field of aesthetic practices and possibilities? What were the relations among advanced artistic practices and the “cultural revolutions” generally taken to have come to a head ca. 1968? Integral to this course is a student-curated exhibition of avant-garde materials at the MSE Library, to open in November 2018.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Closed
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Passion Image, Passion Cult, Passion Drama: Narrative and Metaphor in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Beyond
AS.010.419 (01)

A set of interdisciplinary explorations of the Passion of Christ narrative in Scripture, theology, visionary literature, cultic devotion, the visual and dramatic arts in Europe from the Central Middle Ages to the Reformation, with a special fast-forward to modern cinematic retellings of the Passion story.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/6
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

Object Encounters at the Baltimore Museum of Art
AS.389.384 (01)

Using the Baltimore Museum of Art as a laboratory, students examine canonical narratives in art museums and iterate new approaches to objects in museums that build equity, interrogate privilege, decolonise, revisualise and offer alternative stories. Class meets at the museum every other week.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Celebration and Performance in Early Greece
AS.040.218 (01)

Surviving imagery suggests that persons in Minoan and Mycenaean societies engaged in various celebratory performances, including processions, feasts, and ecstatic dance. This course explores archaeological evidence of such celebrations, focusing on sociocultural roles, bodily experience, and interpretive challenges.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-ARCH

Introduction to the Museum: Past and Present
AS.389.201 (01)

This course surveys museums, from their origins to their most contemporary forms, in the context of broader historical, intellectual, and cultural trends including the social movements of the 20th century. Anthropology, art, history, and science museums are considered. Cross-listed with History and History of Art.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/30
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH

Patronage and Power: The Art of the Book in the Middle Ages
AS.010.425 (01)

This research seminar surveys the rich history of manuscript painting in the Middle Ages through the lens of patronage. By focusing on elite patrons – i.e. Popes, Clerics, Holy Roman Emperors, Princes, Princesses, and other ruling figures – we will investigate how changes in style from the early Christian period through the fifteenth century reveal the fluid nature of politics and power during this volatile time period. We will visit local collections of manuscripts (e.g. the Walters Art Museum) and make use of the extensive holdings of medieval facsimiles in Special Collections.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/9
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.010.101 (02)Intro to History West ArtMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMStager, Jennifer M SGilman 50
AS.010.101 (03)Intro to History West ArtMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMStager, Jennifer M SGilman 50
AS.010.222 (01)Representing Roman Power: Sculpture as Political Rhetoric from Republic to EmpireMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMMiranda, Amy ChristineKrieger LavertyHART-ANC
AS.010.207 (01)Art, Architecture and Urban Life in Renaissance ItalyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMWiens, Gavin TylerGilman 177HART-RENBAR
AS.010.114 (01)Freshman Seminar: Mapping the Middle Ages: Sites and DestinationsM 1:30PM - 4:00PMLansdowne, John CareyGilman 177HART-MED
AS.010.203 (01)AbstractionTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWarnock, MollyGilman 177HART-MODERN
AS.010.112 (01)Freshman Seminar - Lower, Later, Farther Away: Roman Art Beyond the CenterTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMBevis, Elizabeth AllisonGilman 177
AS.010.105 (01)Art of the Ancient AmericasTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMDeleonardis, LisaHodson 216HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH
AS.010.101 (01)Intro to History West ArtMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMStager, Jennifer M SGilman 50
AS.010.101 (04)Intro to History West ArtMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMStager, Jennifer M SGilman 50
AS.010.325 (01)Arts of the Spanish EmpireMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMHyman, Aaron M.Bloomberg 178HART-RENBAR
AS.010.320 (01)Art of Colonial PeruTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMDeleonardis, LisaGilman 119HART-NW
AS.010.310 (01)The ‘Long Sixties’ in EuropeTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMWarnock, MollyGilman 134HART-MODERN
AS.010.419 (01)Passion Image, Passion Cult, Passion Drama: Narrative and Metaphor in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and BeyondW 1:30PM - 3:50PMMerback, MitchellGilman 177HART-RENBAR
AS.389.384 (01)Object Encounters at the Baltimore Museum of ArtTh 1:30PM - 3:50PMKingsley, Jennifer PGilman 10
AS.040.218 (01)Celebration and Performance in Early GreeceM 1:30PM - 4:00PMAnderson, Emily S.K.Gilman 108ARCH-ARCH
AS.389.201 (01)Introduction to the Museum: Past and PresentMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMKingsley, Jennifer PGilman 119HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH
AS.010.425 (01)Patronage and Power: The Art of the Book in the Middle AgesW 4:00PM - 6:30PMLakey, ChristopherGilman 177HART-MED