This course is an object-led study of the history of London through some of London’s most important art. Examining a selection of nine paintings, one sculpture set and one building, this course will introduce students to a variety of ways in which objects tell their stories and, by extension, what those objects say about the history of the city where they are housed. Each week, students will learn about an artist and their context in class, while also tracing the history of a specific object in London up to the present day. While London has had its share of world-class artists and architects, many of the works studied in this course were not made in London. How did London accumulate these objects? Why were they brought or made here? Most importantly, what do these objects tell us about the history of London as the world’s most global city?
This course may also be registered under HST 474. 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 201, HOA 208, HOA 372, and HOA 473.
Department: Art History
Semesters: Fall, Spring