Art History

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2021

ARTH225 Art, Patrons, and Audiences in the Middle Ages Sections

A thematic study of the relationship between patrons and audiences in painting, sculpture, and architecture through the 15th century.

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 2021

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 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021

ARTH351 Art and Urban Culture in the Islamic World Sections

A thematic and comparative study of visual arts and architecture in their urban contexts.

Art and Architecture in the Islamic World See Religious Studies 341.
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Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ARTH course(s) were found for W2021 term.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ARTH351

Art and Architecture in the Islamic World

See Religious Studies 341.

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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.

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ARTH353

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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ARTH363

Art in Japan: The Problem with Painting

Key debates in the history of painting and its institutionalization.

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ARTH432

Seminar in the Art of the Middle Ages

Topics to be announced each year when offered.

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Winter 2021

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.

ARTH225 Art, Patrons, and Audiences in the Middle Ages Sections

A thematic study of the relationship between patrons and audiences in painting, sculpture, and architecture through the 15th century.

ARTH227 What is Modern Art? Sections

Select issues in 20th-century art and the visual and built environment.

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.

ARTH320 Entangled Worlds: Spain and Colonial Latin America (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.

ARTH322 Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1550-1700) Sections

Focus primarily on Rome as the center of artistic, cultural, economic, and religious power in the seventeenth century.

ARTH325 Ancient Egypt: The Archaeology of the Land of the Pharaohs Sections

The material remains of the ancient Egyptians from monumental tombs and temples to the artifacts of daily life; the development of Egyptian civilization from the rise of the first rulers to its incorporation into the Roman Empire.

ARTH331 Greek Art and Architecture Sections

Visual culture of the ancient Greek world in the second and first millennia BCE, especially from c. 1000 to 30 BCE.

ARTH332 Roman Art and Architecture Sections

Visual culture of the ancient Roman world from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE.

ARTH339 19th-Century Art and Social Space Sections

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

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.

ARTH342 Latin American Art: Modern and Contemporary Sections

Analyses of specific works and texts will emphasize visual inventions and meaning in the light of recent theoretical debates

ARTH343 Inventing Canada Through Art Sections

The institutions and art movements that constructed a view to the country now known as Canada, from colonial contact, to Confederation, through the mid-1900s. Emphasis on the significance of locality and situated approaches to understanding the land.

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.

ARTH351 Art and Urban Culture in the Islamic World Sections

A thematic and comparative study of visual arts and architecture in their urban contexts.

ARTH358 Chinese Art for the Afterlife Sections

Close analyses of Chinese tomb objects and tombs as spatial constructs in their historical, ritual, and social context.

ARTH368 Art in Japan: Print Media Sections

Historical and theoretical questions concerning the development of print media in Japan, from Edo period woodcuts to the advent of digital technologies.

ARTH380 Art as Technology Sections

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

ARTH410 Seminar in African Art Sections

Key debates in the art of Africa and the African diaspora

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

ARTH440C Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art - MOD & CONTEM ART Sections

ARTH450 Seminar in Art in the Islamic World Sections

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

ARTH459 Seminar in Chinese Art Sections

ARTH476 Seminar in North American Indigenous Art Sections

ARTH480 Visual and Digital Media Theory Sections

A thematic examination of key arguments in visual and digital media theory, focusing on developments in lens-based and digital media in relationship to twentieth-century and contemporary artistic practice.

ARTH499 Honours Essay Sections

ARTH533B Studies in Medieval Art - MEDEVAL ART Sections

ARTH535A Early Modern: Renaissance - RENAISSANCE ART Sections

ARTH540C Studies in 20th Century Art - 20TH CENT ART Sections

ARTH543B Studies in Canadian Art - CAN ART Sections

ARTH553A Studies in Japanese Art - JAPANESE 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