An exploration of the making of masterpieces and the development of genres in European art (religious, mythological, portraiture, landscape, the nude, etc.) through paintings in London’s superb National Gallery. Exploration continues behind the masterpieces: London’s outstanding array of museums and galleries constitutes the basis for further discussion of major art-historical themes (restoration and conservation, artists’ houses and education, patrons and collectors, taste and connnoisseurship, fakes and forgeries, etc.). During weekly visits, students will test theories put forward in class in front of original art works. In some semesters, not open to students in another course with an HOA rubric except for art history majors by request (check academic update for any restriction for current semester). These courses include HOA 208, HOA/HST 300.1, HOA 372, and HOA 473.
Department: History of Art
Semesters: Fall, Spring