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Art : Art History

This is an historical sampling of translated course descriptions for art history courses that have been taken by previous program participants outside of the Skidmore Center. This list should be used as a guide. Courses listed are not guaranteed to be offered during your semester in Paris and require department approval at Skidmore. Typically, there is one Art History course offered at the Skidmore Center each semester.

GREEK ART AND ARCHEOLOGY (3)
(Université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne)

Study of Greek sanctuaries of classical and Hellenistic periods. Study of Greek sculpture and ceramics.

JPAH 251C SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
(Studio Vermès, Taught in English or French)

Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the beginnings of photography : material, equipment and processes
  • Examine photography as both a consequence of scientific and technological developments  and as an invention of a new form of artistic expression
  • Develop and refine the ability to look and interpret an image
  • Perceive the relationships between previous photographic movements and current directions in photography (portraiture,urban and rural landscapes, social documentary, advertising and fashion)


MEDIEVAL FRENCH ART (3)

(Université Paris IV, La Sorbonne)

This course is a detailed study of French Medieval Art from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Major areas for investigation include Romanesque architecture, sculpture and painting, Gothic architecture and sculpture and the art of stained glass. Supplementary visits will be organized by Skidmore College to a number of monuments including: The Cluny Museum, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame de Paris, the Cathedral of Chartres and Saint-Denis, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Saint-Pierre de Montmartre.


JPAH 364 CONTEMPORARY ART (3)

(Université Paris IV- La Sorbonne)

Introduction to the main artistic trends since 1945 in Europe and the USA: painting, sculpture, photography, new medias.