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LS C20T / History of Art C11

Introduction to Western Art: Renaissance to the Present

Arts and Literature

An introduction to the historical circumstances and visual character of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. Not a chronological survey, but an exploration of topics and themes central to this period. For example: What tasks did painting and sculpture perform in the past? For whom, at whose expense? How do the rise of landscape painting, the cult of the artist, and the new emphasis on the nude relate to the emergence of modern society? Do stylistic labels like Classicism, Realism, Impressionism, and Modernism help us answer such questions? This course is recommended for potential majors and for students in other disciplines, both humanities and sciences.

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby faculty profile
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (History of Art)

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2024
  • Spring 2023
  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2019
“Fantastic professor. She is the professor that encapsulates Fiat Lux.”
— Spring 2023 Student
"It's my first art history class ever as a science major. I've long been passionate about art history and love visiting museums, and I'm especially glad that I can now see artworks differently than I did before. Definitely going to take more art history courses during my undergraduate education!"
— Spring 2023 Student