ARTH 394 - Seminar in Art History
Prerequisites: Three credits in art history and instructor consent. Research in selected topics in art history with written and oral reports. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Spring 2018, ARTH 394-01: When Jesus was Zeus? From Pagan to Christian Art (4). An investigation of the development of Christian art out of pagan Late Antique culture. Students consider how early Christians adopted Greco-Roman art, tweaking and adapting those older traditions into images of Christian triumph and propaganda. As a colloquium driven by student conversation and participation, discussion is rooted in the historical complexities of Pagan and Christian relationships. We examine current scholarly debates on what has been called the Clash of the Gods: Christ as a magician, as Zeus or Asclepius, and even as feminine. (HA) Gustafson.
Fall 2018, ARTH 394-01:Owning the Past: Monuments, Sites, and Memory in Islamic India (3). Islam is a minority religion in India, but Muslim dynasties ruled large swathes of the country for centuries. How did these rulers legitimate and define themselves in a majority Hindu society? This course explores how art and architecture were used by the Sultanates and Mughals to mediate between past sources of authority and contemporary identities. Case studies and key issues shed light on practices of artistic appropriation and translation. Students investigate the complexity of how Muslims in India have found ways to communicate both their Islamic and Indian identities, roughly from the 7th to the 18th centuries. (HA) Gustafson.
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