ARTH 400 (1ON) - Topics in Art History

Top in Art History/Portraiture

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Art History
Online Course Delivery Method: Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 55870
Art History will be presented thematically. At least three distinct chronological periods will be treated; students will develop research skills and give oral presentations. Topics will vary: "Art Writers: Their Sources and Their Effects;" "Rome from Romulus to the Fascists;" "Cults of the Original and Cultures of the Copy." Repeatable up to a maximum of 12 credits with different topics. May count towards Architectural Studies Minor if papers take the appropriate emphasis.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Equivalent(s): ARTS 400
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 Hours Arranged ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

This class will examine the appearance and significance of portraiture in visual culture from antiquity to the contemporary era of digital production, with special attention to themes of power, memory, and identity.  

Among other topics, this class will consider four specific sets of issues: 

  • The human face as a political instrument: students will discuss how depictions of the face reflect changing social and political relations. 

  • The human face as an affective instrument: students will discuss how artists make the human face into a site of emotional and affective communication. 

  • The human face as a contested identity: students will address how artists manipulate the representation of the human face to challenge constructions of gender, race, and class identity.
  • The human face in digital technology: students will examine how the digital revolution changed the significance of the human face in contemporary media culture.