Spring 2016 Classes


PLAN AHEAD FOR MAY TERM IN ITALY 2017!!  Click link for more detailed information. May Term in Italy   Updates will come later. 


IMPORTANT NOTE ON  ALL TEXTBOOKS: All textbooks will be available in the college bookstore.  If you order from an outside vendor, please be sure that you order the correct edition of your textbook. The edition number follows the title in the textbook lists below. Which edition you choose DOES make a difference.  Your quizzes and exams are keyed to the edition listed. For Vasari’s Lives, other translations do not have the same entries.  BEWARE: If you find a book that is really cheap, it’s probably an outdated edition.  The ISBN numbers and pictures on the covers, also shown below, should assist you in getting the correct edition.

 ARTH 102: Survey of Art in Western Europe: The Medieval and Renaissance Eras


 Deming 105 TTh 9:25-10:40

The second of three introductory courses in the history of western art, this course covers Western European Art from the the Hiberno-Saxons in England through the Renaissance, c.700-1600 .  We analyze painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscript illuminations and decorative arts, endeavoring to place them in the context for which these objects were created, making every effort to understand the art as those who created it intended. Important differences distinguish the various times and places, but vital continuities tie the periods to each other and to our world today. Upon completion of the class, you will be an informed observer of art, with the ability to discuss and write about art in an historical context. Moreover, you will develop your skills in areas of organization, logical thinking, and good writing.  Art 102 is an entry-level, general education course with no prerequisites. Although this is the first of three courses, they do not need to be taken in chronological order. Art 101, 102, and 103 are required for a major in art history.

Textbook: A word of caution: This book is complicated by the variety of formats offered. Same as ARTH 101 and 103: Stokstad & Cothren. Art History 5th edition, Pearson-Prentice-Hall.  ISBN-10: 0205949487 • ISBN-13: 9780205949489. This edition was new fall 2013 .  If you own the 4th edition, you may use that one — it will work just fine. I wish the publishers did not feel compelled to change the editions so often. Pearson Learning offers a subscription to an online version and an e-book option. the ebook and a new textbook both come with a subscription to MyArtsLab, which offers study guides and videos that  I HIGHLY recommend.

NOTE: The book comes in several formats. You will need chapters 14-21.  If you buy the split volumes, you will need both. If you purchase the little “portable” volumes, you will need book 2 Medieval Art and Book 4 14-17th centuries. The combined version above serves ARTH 101,102,&103.You may also subscribe to an on line version through the publisher, which costs far less. Art History, Combined Volume, is your best value.

Stokstad & Cothren  ©2011  |  Pearson  |  Electronic Book; 1240 pp  |  Available
ISBN-10: 0205800327  |  ISBN-13: 9780205800322  Online purchase price: $79.99

Accademia Social 12th May (119)ARTH 203: The High Renaissance In Italy

Deming 105 TBA

This course is an in depth and contextual study of the early Renaissance in Italy, focusing on the cities of Florence, Siena, Mantua, Rome, and Venice.  This is the period in which some of the most famous artists of all times worked, including  Giotto, Duccio,  Brunelleschi, Ghiberti,  Donatello,  Fra Angelico, and Masaccio. In addition to developing a body of knowledge, you will develop your skills in areas of organization, logical thinking, public speaking, and good writing. You will also see how much or how little Dan Brown knows about art history! The class culminates in an individual research project. The course fills one of the prerequisites for Renaissance Studies in Italy (ARTH 343).

Flor-12 (14)A_edited-1Textbooks: Two are required. A word of caution: When ordering your textbooks from the Internet, please note the edition of the book, the date of publication, and the translator .  These details DO make a difference. Do not be lured in by the super cheap version, as it is probably the out-of-date edition.

1. Hartt/Wilkins History of Italian Renaissance Art  (7th edition, Prentice Hall) ISBN-13:  9780205705818

2. Giorgio Vasari. Lives of the Artists vol.I translated by George Bull. Paperback | Penguin Classics | 1988 ISBN 9780140445008.  Please use this translation of Vasari.  Other translations have different entries. You only need volume I.

ARTH314/REN607.  ART IN ENGLAND 600-1603

Deming 105 TBA

This course is inspired by the contextual nature of the Master’s Program in Shakespeare Studies at Mary Baldwin College and the desire of the faculty for students to understand the world of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries beyond literature and theatre. What art did he know and what artistic traditions were strong in England? In order to recreate such an environment, this course covers England from the introduction of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons to the death of Elizabeth, 1603. As we move forward in time, we will go into more depth  Art will be considered in the context of patronage, social culture and the public, the Protestant Reformation, art and events on the continent, especially the influence of Italian art and Humanism. The development of printmaking as an art form and propaganda tool will be discussed. Students develop critical thinking skills through analysis, both verbal and written, and through in-depth scholarly research.
Websites can be useful for images, thumbnail sketches and sometimes for research information.
You will have the opportunity to study the art using the new comprehensive survey book, the first of its kind, written by your professor: Sara Nair James. Art in England from the Saxons through Elizabeth I: 600-1603. Oxford:Oxbow Publishing, fall 2015..

MAY TERM POSSIBILITIES: either ARTH 228/REN 228: Renaissance Cities: Florence

CONTENT OF COURSE: This course traces the history of Renaissance Florence 1400-1600.  We will study the art, architecture, and urban planning in context, considering the history, politics, religion, literature, social issues, economics, and cultural atmosphere that caused the art to be what it is. Special attention is given to papal patronage, as the popes dominated politics and the cultural scene.  The course may include a field trip to the Split Banana to sample Italian gelato and an Italian dinner.

The course receives research credit, and hopefully themes credit — it will go to the EPC this month!

downloadREQUIRED TEXTBOOK: (along with assigned readings in the library) Loren Partridge.  The Art of Renaissance Florence. 




Another Possibility: Seminar on MichelangeloAccademia Social 12th May (119)





May Term 2017: ARTH 342: Renaissance Studies in Italy, taught in Italy!! Plan Ahead!  Don’t miss out!  

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Waiting for a train in Milaninformation. 2016 Cost estimates are subject to change. You won’t believe the places we go!! You learn a lot and have fun learning it!  And the gelato is worth the cost of the plane ticket.