Visions of Civilization

What does art tell us about society?  How can it illuminate the lives and passions of its creators and viewers?  Join us this fall to explore these questions with four distinguished art historians examining eight case studies.  Each lecture will feature one incredible work or series of works offering a tantalizing glimpse into the minds and hearts of the people who produced them.

Signatures of Civilization: Part I, A Survey of Art History from the Ancient to the Medieval” begins Thursday, September 13.

Take a look at a sample of the works we will be discussing in class:

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy
Photo by Emilio Labrador, 2010, used under Creative Commons License

Hunting scene from the Bayeux Tapestry, 11th Century

Guo Xi Early Spring

Early Spring, signed and dated 1072. Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk 158.3×108.1. National Palace Museum, Taipei.

Merode Altarpiece

Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–1432. Workshop of Robert Campin (South Netherlandish, active by 1406, died 1444).
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Cloisters Collection.
Photo by Foto Ad Meskens used under Creative Commons license.

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