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These courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?
Survey important artists and works from this American art movement ahead of our spring exhibition Soutine / de Kooning.
Explore major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from the predynastic period through the New Kingdom.
Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe as well as the work of those who stayed behind.
Trace the surrealist movement from formal inception in 1924 through its international expansion in the 1930s.
These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?
What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.
Explore some of the major architectural monuments of 17th-century Rome, Paris, Versailles, London, and Vienna.
See how de Kooning shaped the iconic abstract expressionists of the New York School and continued to inspire subsequent generations.
Learn how the influential modernist grappled with the connections between art and philosophy throughout his career.
Get introduced to the rich artistic traditions and architectural achievements of Islamic culture throughout the medieval period.
Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Albert C. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism
During the golden age of the Dutch Republic artists like Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer defined the rich visual culture of the 17th century.
This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.
See the extraordinary impact Japanese art and design had on French visual culture—impressionist painting in particular.
Focus on the technological innovations of some of the first photographers and delve into early debates around the purpose and potential of the new medium.
Rediscover the timeless archetypes of the Cowboy and the Equestrian through the lens of the African diaspora and contemporary art.