Art History

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2016

ARTH225 Art in Europe to the Sixteenth Century Sections

A selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Art in Europe to the Sixteenth Century This course is a selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West to the sixteenth century.
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Winter 2016

ARTH253 Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces Sections

Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.

Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.
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Winter 2016

ARTH310 Art and the Christian Transformation of the Roman Empire Sections

Visual culture and the rise of Christianity; social, political and religious contexts of art, including diverse viewing practices and cultural frameworks. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 310 or ARTH 330.

Art and the Christian Transformation of the Roman Empire This course considers the diverse roles of visual culture and changing modes of viewing art in areas that comprised the Roman Empire from the first to the sixth century, including the cultural transformations that came about with the move from a pagan to a Christian world in the wake of the conversion of the emperor, Constantine, in the early fourth century and on a major stylistic change in art from the Classical naturalism of the earlier centuries to the more hieratic forms of the Late Antique style. The course throughout will attend to what is particular about the visual, about the nature of images in a diverse range of contexts: Public ceremonies; Roman imperial triumphant art and architecture; the art of private dwellings in first-century Italy; art and care for the dead in both pagan and Christian contexts; the development and decoration...
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Winter 2016

ARTH311 Art in the Early Medieval West Sections

From pagan adornment to Christian devotion to service of Christian or Islamic rule (AD 500 - 1000). Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 311 or ARTH 331.

Art in the Early Medieval West This term will deal with multiple forms and roles of art produced in Western Europe from about the end of the fifth century to about 1030. The impact of Germanic migrations and the dissolution of Roman Imperial civilization in Western Europe at the end of the fifth century produced major transformations in the culture of Europe. Different religious beliefs and social structure inspired new forms and especially a very different style of art. Reflecting on all this, students examine the multiple ways that images functioned and how art was used to serve both devotion and personal status in the midst of the construction of Christian kingdoms and empires, often in threat of disarray and under attack by still pagan Vikings from the North and a vibrant Islamic culture in the south of Spain.
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Winter 2016

ARTH312 Medieval Art in the Age of Monasticism Sections

Art in Western Europe between 1000 and 1200; the role of monasteries as leading institutions and patrons of art and large scale architecture. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 312 or ARTH 332.

Medieval Art in the Age of Monasticism This course will address the visual arts of Medieval Western Europe between 1000 and 1200, and the role of monasteries as leading institutions and patrons of art and large scale architecture. The material will be approached in a variety of ways: considering art historical method and categories of interpretation; Medieval debates about the value and purposes of art; characteristics of particular genres of work and selected themes in a variety of media.
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Winter 2016

ARTH313 Art, Church, Society and their Margins in the Later Middle Ages Sections

Diversification of the arts and architecture with the expansion of patronage in late medieval society. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 313 or ARTH 333.

Art, Church, Society and their Margins in the Later Middle Ages Students examine the diversification of the arts and architecture and the expansion of patronage in late medieval society in Medieval art in the later Middle Ages (c. 1150-1500). This era is characterized by a tremendous growth in the production of visual images and art of all kinds due to the greater range of people commissioning art for a wider range of purposes, especially as urban wealth increases. The course examines the impact on art and its meaning as new groups of laity--rich aristocrats, rulers, and the growing numbers of bourgeois--as well as a whole range of new religious orders and university teachers were involved in both viewing and commissioning works.
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Winter 2016

ARTH321 Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1350-1550) Sections

Visual art and culture within the social, political, and religious contexts of the Papacy and the city-states.

Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1350-1550) Visual art and culture within the social, political, and religious contexts of the Papacy and the city-states.
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Winter 2016

ARTH323 Northern European Art and Culture I (1400-1600) Sections

Early Modern painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the great devotional triptychs, through the Reformation, to the emergence of a secular art.

Northern European Art and Culture I (1400-1600) Early Modern painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the great devotional triptychs, through the Reformation, to the emergence of a secular art.
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Winter 2016

ARTH351 Art and Architecture in the Islamic World Sections

A thematic study of visual arts, architecture, and objects from the Islamic world.

Art and Architecture in the Islamic World See Religious Studies 341.
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Winter 2016

ARTH352 Historic India: Images, Temples and the Construction of Indian Art History Sections

North and South Indian art and architecture with an emphasis on Buddhism and Hinduism.

Historic India: Images, Temples and the Construction of Indian Art History North and South Indian art and architecture with an emphasis on Buddhism and Hinduism.
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Winter 2016

ARTH353 Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance Sections

Art of the Himalayan region situated within social and religious practices, festivals, and performances.

Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance Art of the Himalayan region situated within social and religious practices, festivals, and performances.
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Winter 2016

ARTH359 The Pursuit of Realism: Figurative Painting Before 1400 in China Sections

Examines the making of realistic representations that describe society, cultural practice and family relationships in China between 3000 BCE and 1400 CE.

The Pursuit of Realism: Figurative Painting Before 1400 in China Examines the making of realistic representations that describe society, cultural practise and family relationships in China between 3000 BC and AD 1400.
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Winter 2016

ARTH360 The Rise of Literati Painting in China: 1100 - 1700 Sections

Chinese literati art and theory will be analyzed through careful study of relationships between visual and textual productions.

The Rise of Literati Painting in China: 1100 - 1700 Chinese literati art and theory will be analyzed through careful study of relationships between visual and textual productions.
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Winter 2016

ARTH362 Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces Sections

Changing relationship between art objects and the built environment in the Japanese archipelago, in its social and historical context.

Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces Changing relationship between art objects and the built environment in the Japanese archipelago, in its social and historical context.
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Winter 2016

ARTH363 Art in Japan: The Problem with Painting Sections

Key debates in the history of painting and its institutionalization.

Art in Japan: The Problem with Painting Key debates in the history of painting and its institutionalization.
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Winter 2016

ARTH432 Seminar in the Art of the Middle Ages Sections

Seminar in the Art of the Middle Ages Topics to be announced each year when offered.
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Courses Offered in Other Terms

ARTH225

Art in Europe to the Sixteenth Century

This course is a selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West to the sixteenth century.

Read More....


ARTH253

Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces
Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.

Read More....


ARTH310

Art and the Christian Transformation of the Roman Empire

This course considers the diverse roles of visual culture and changing modes of viewing art in areas that comprised the Roman Empire from the first to the sixth century, including the cultural transformations that came about with the move from a pagan to a Christian world in the wake of the conversion of the emperor, Constantine, in the early fourth century and on a major stylistic change in art from the Classical naturalism of the earlier centuries to the more hieratic forms of the Late Antique style. The course throughout will attend to what is particular about the visual, about the nature of images in a diverse range of contexts: Public ceremonies; Roman imperial triumphant art and architecture; the art of private dwellings in first-century Italy; art and care for the dead in both pagan and Christian contexts; the development and decoration of Early Christian Churches; pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other holy sites; early Christian book painting, Icons and icon veneration.

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ARTH311

Art in the Early Medieval West

This term will deal with multiple forms and roles of art produced in Western Europe from about the end of the fifth century to about 1030. The impact of Germanic migrations and the dissolution of Roman Imperial civilization in Western Europe at the end of the fifth century produced major transformations in the culture of Europe. Different religious beliefs and social structure inspired new forms and especially a very different style of art. Reflecting on all this, students examine the multiple ways that images functioned and how art was used to serve both devotion and personal status in the midst of the construction of Christian kingdoms and empires, often in threat of disarray and under attack by still pagan Vikings from the North and a vibrant Islamic culture in the south of Spain.

Read More....


ARTH312

Medieval Art in the Age of Monasticism

This course will address the visual arts of Medieval Western Europe between 1000 and 1200, and the role of monasteries as leading institutions and patrons of art and large scale architecture. The material will be approached in a variety of ways: considering art historical method and categories of interpretation; Medieval debates about the value and purposes of art; characteristics of particular genres of work and selected themes in a variety of media.

Read More....


ARTH313

Art, Church, Society and their Margins in the Later Middle Ages
Students examine the diversification of the arts and architecture and the expansion of patronage in late medieval society in Medieval art in the later Middle Ages (c. 1150-1500). This era is characterized by a tremendous growth in the production of visual images and art of all kinds due to the greater range of people commissioning art for a wider range of purposes, especially as urban wealth increases. The course examines the impact on art and its meaning as new groups of laity–rich aristocrats, rulers, and the growing numbers of bourgeois–as well as a whole range of new religious orders and university teachers were involved in both viewing and commissioning works.

Read More....


ARTH321

Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1350-1550)

Visual art and culture within the social, political, and religious contexts of the Papacy and the city-states.

Read More....


ARTH323

Northern European Art and Culture I (1400-1600)

Early Modern painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the great devotional triptychs, through the Reformation, to the emergence of a secular art.

Read More....


ARTH351

Art and Architecture in the Islamic World

See Religious Studies 341.

Read More....


ARTH352

Historic India: Images, Temples and the Construction of Indian Art History

North and South Indian art and architecture with an emphasis on Buddhism and Hinduism.

Read More....


ARTH353

Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance

Art of the Himalayan region situated within social and religious practices, festivals, and performances.

Read More....


ARTH359

The Pursuit of Realism: Figurative Painting Before 1400 in China

Examines the making of realistic representations that describe society, cultural practise and family relationships in China between 3000 BC and AD 1400.

Read More....


ARTH360

The Rise of Literati Painting in China: 1100 – 1700

Chinese literati art and theory will be analyzed through careful study of relationships between visual and textual productions.

Read More....


ARTH362

Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces

Changing relationship between art objects and the built environment in the Japanese archipelago, in its social and historical context.

Read More....


ARTH363

Art in Japan: The Problem with Painting

Key debates in the history of painting and its institutionalization.

Read More....


ARTH432

Seminar in the Art of the Middle Ages

Topics to be announced each year when offered.

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Winter 2016

ARTH101 Ways of Seeing: Introduction to Visual Studies Sections

Drawing on examples from across history and around the world, this course deals with the role of the visual in society, culture, and everyday experience.

ARTH102 Crisis and Contradiction in Art and the Built Environment Sections

Concepts and issues critical to the understanding of art and its histories in a global context.

ARTH226 Art in Europe and North America: 1500-1900 Sections

A selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

ARTH227 Art and the Visual Environment in the Modern and Post-modern Periods Sections

A selective survey of visual art, architecture and other visual media since 1900.

ARTH251 Asian Arts: From Chinese Warriors to Bollywood Posters Sections

A thematic examination of Asian arts, such as historic, religious, and secular painting and sculpture to contemporary visual culture.

ARTH253 Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces Sections

Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.

ARTH300 Seminar on Methods and Approaches in Art History Sections

Theories, problems, and literature in the study of art history. Required of all Major and Honours students in art history.

ARTH313 Art, Church, Society and their Margins in the Later Middle Ages Sections

Diversification of the arts and architecture with the expansion of patronage in late medieval society. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 313 or ARTH 333.

ARTH319 The Archaeology of Ancient Iraq and Syria: Babylon and Beyond Sections

An overview of the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with special emphasis on the civilizations of Mesopotamia, from the appearance of the first cities (c. 3400 BCE) to the end of the Persian period (c. 330 BCE).

ARTH320 Art and Architecture in Spain and the New World (1500-1700) Sections

Role of visual art and culture within Catholic Spain and colonial Latin America is surveyed, with emphasis on transculturation from mudejar to mestizaje.

ARTH324 Northern European Art and Culture II (1600-1700) Sections

The role of visual art within Early Modern court cultures, commercial urban centres, and emergent nation states.

ARTH338 Visual Culture in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1715-1830) Sections

Art, architecture, and social space in Europe and America: redefining gender, identity and nation in the era of industrialization and political change.

ARTH339 19th-Century Art and Social Space Sections

Ideologies of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and economics in 19th-century European and American visual culture.

ARTH340 20th Century Art and Culture: The Triumph and Demise of Modernism Sections

A critical survey of western art and cultural production from the turn of the century to the development of Pop Art.

ARTH341 20th Century Art and Culture: The Postmodern Sections

A critical examination of international visual art and culture from the 1950s to the present; the role of art in consumerist society and the emergence of postmodernism.

ARTH344 Art and Photography in Canada, 1920 to the Present Sections

Art movements and art institutions from the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven to the photo-conceptualist practices of the Vancouver school.

ARTH345 History of Photography: Archive, Spectacle, Reality Sections

History and theory of photography, from the competitive context of invention in the 1830s to contemporary uses in social media.

ARTH350 Grounding the Islamic Image Sections

Contextualizing the complex language of images in the Islamic world.

ARTH353 Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance Sections

Art of the Himalayan region situated within social and religious practices, festivals, and performances.

ARTH362 Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces Sections

Changing relationship between art objects and the built environment in the Japanese archipelago, in its social and historical context.

ARTH369 Art in Japan: Modern Visual Culture Sections

Self and community in the art and visual culture of modern Japan.

ARTH376 Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North Sections

The histories, historiography and cultural diversity of the Northern Northwest Coast region; persistence and innovation in the arts in communities, and in cross-cultural and market spheres.

ARTH380 Art as Technology Sections

Relationship between artistic practice and media, examined through a history of paradigm shifts in technology.

ARTH397A Special Topics - SPECIAL TOPICS Sections

ARTH410 Seminar in African Art Sections

Key debates in the art of Africa and the African diaspora

ARTH436 Seminar in Early Modern Art Sections

ARTH439 Seminar in 18th and 19th-Century Visual Culture Sections

ARTH440B Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art - MOD & CONTEM ART Sections

ARTH445 Film and the City Sections

The complex interrelations between film and the city; dominant urban theories, film technologies and viewing practices and the intersections between them.

ARTH450 Seminar in Art in the Islamic World Sections

Key debates in the field of art and architecture in the Islamic World.

ARTH455 Seminar in the Art of South Asia Sections

ARTH479 Performance Actions and Approaches Sections

Advanced performance art practices and research methodologies.

ARTH540A Studies in 20th Century Art - 20TH CENT ART Sections

ARTH543B Studies in Canadian Art - CAN ART Sections

ARTH551A Studies in Chinese Art - CHN ART Sections

ARTH553A Studies in Japanese Art - JAPANESE ART Sections

ARTH555A Studies in South and Southeast Asian Art - SE ASIAN ART Sections

ARTH571 The Methodology of Art History Sections

Required of all art history graduate students.

ARTH577A Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH577B Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH577C Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH599 Master's Thesis Sections

ARTH649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections