Art across the Ages [repost]

Category: Cultures

Posted on 2013-02-12. By anonymous.


Art across the Ages
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Genre: Art

“From the earliest cave painting of hunting scenes to the spectacular architecture of ancient Greece and Rome to the startling perspectives of Postmodern paintings, art has provided us with a unique window through which to view and appreciate the soul of Western civilization.”

Artists throughout Western history have represented, envisioned, and interpreted the world around them through a range of diverse media. The scope of Western art is breathtaking, not only for its creativity and visual power but—more importantly—for the way in which it echoes the human experience across the ages. To be able to understand the history and language of art is to be privy to a conversation thousands of years old—one that leads you to a better understanding of one of the proudest achievements of the West.

Art across the Ages is a mind-broadening survey of Western visual art designed to familiarize you with its basic history, acquaint you with major artists and styles, and provide you with a broad foundation for deeper exploration. In 48 insightful lectures taught by Professor Ori Z. Soltes of Georgetown University, you get a ready grasp of the substance and significance of a vast range of works, along with a solid knowledge of how they fit into the continuity of Western art.

Throughout Art across the Ages, Professor Soltes draws your attention to what he calls "the ever-present tension between continuity and transformation" in Western art. By focusing on the ways that Western art has both carried forward and altered visual ideas throughout history, you come to better appreciate how art evolves over time.

The lectures are packed with enlightening stories about the repeated transformation of themes, subjects, and symbols throughout the storied history of Western art. Consider how the simple image of a woman reclining on a couch appears in various iterations throughout history, reflecting both the continuity of a single image and the way in which cultures and artists transform that image to serve different purposes.

Professor Soltes notes how we can find this image replicated
in a scene on Hetaerae Symposium, a vase created by the Greek sculptor Euphronios between 515 and 510 B.C.E.;
as the sculpted figure of Dionysus from the east pediment of the Parthenon;
as a Roman representation of river gods in the Villa Guilia, a mid-16th-century summer residence built by the architects Giacomo Vignola and Bartolomeo Ammanati;
in a detail from Marcantonio Raimondi's Judgment of Paris from around 1520; and
in Edouard Manet's iconic 1863 painting, Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass), which serves as a tribute to the entire history of this reclining female form.

1Continuity and Transformation—What Is Art?
2Art as the Offspring of Religion
3Preclassical Greek Art
4Toward the Classical Athenian Moment
5Beyond the Borders of Classical Greek Art
6The Birth of the New—Hellenistic Art
7Hellenistic, Etruscan, and Early Roman Art
8Roman and Judaean Art
9Early Christian Art and Its Progeny
10The Beginnings of Jewish Art
11Christian Medieval Art and Architecture
12The Language of Romanesque and Gothic Art
13Islamic Art from Abstract to Figurative
14Jewish Medieval Art and Architecture
15Early Renaissance Painting in Central Italy
1615th-Century Italian Renaissance Painting
17Renaissance Painting beyond the Alps
18Renaissance Sculpture—Toward Florence
19Toward High Renaissance in Central Italy
20High Renaissance in Central Italy
21The Rebirth of Classical Dynamism
22The Light of the Veneto
2316th-Century Northern European Painting
24Transformation of People, Objects, Ideas
25The Reformation and the Mannerist Crisis
26Baroque Shadows—Venice to Madrid to Rome
27Shadow and Light from Rome to the Lowlands
28Northern Landscapes and Life Sweeps
29The Counter-Reformation from Italy Outward
30Revolutions in Spanish and English Painting
31France's Gold and Silver Ages
32Politics and Romanticism
33From Realism to Impressionism
34From Paris to the East
35American Romantic Realism and Its Progeny
36Fin de Siècle European Art Movements
37Asia and Africa in the Western Mind
38They All Came to Paris
39Revolutions in Early 20th-Century Painting
40Figuration and Abstraction—The Struggle
41Developments in Sculpture—Rodin to Judd
42New Worlds of Architecture—Wright to Hadid
43The Edges of West and East
44Art, Trauma, and Politics
45Defining Modern Jewish Art
46The Problem of Categories in Modern Art
47The Explosion of Modernist Media
48Art, Politics, and Religion from Era to Era


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