Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Art History


Art and Art History 111. Arts of the Western Tradition

This is an introductory course designed for students who seek a survey of Western art and architecture and an understanding of critical approaches to visual culture. This course covers the entire Western visual culture from prehistoric to 20th-century productions and approaches them from interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical perspectives. Lectures focus upon a set of 40 works chosen as paradigms of their particular period, style, or regional school. In addition, students will be exposed to a number of supplemental works within each lecture that will deepen their understanding of the primary works under discussion. Students will be trained to place works of art and architecture within their historical contexts, while also developing a critical vocabulary and familiarity with a variety of interpretive discourses.