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ARH456 Art History: Theories and Approaches

What is art history? This question is explored through reading selected passages from the history of art history and from recent theoretical writings that question traditional approaches to the discipline. We look at diverse approaches that have been used to interpret art, including biography, style, periodization, iconography and iconology, psychoanalysis, patronage, feminism, Marxism, reception theory, social history, and semiotics.


  • 3


  • Liberal Arts
  • Writing Intensive


  • May not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman


  • (ENG180 Minimum Grade of D- or 41180) or (ENG206 Minimum Grade of D- or 41206) or (ENG207 Minimum Grade of D- or 41207)

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