Topic: The Expression of Beauty/Ancient Art
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Carlos Hall 211
Supported by subject-specific scholarly articles, the bulk of the semester will assess the expression of beauty in ancient art through the interdisciplinary approaches of quantitative and iconographic art history (looking at canons of proportions as well as motifs and imagery), archaeology, literary sources, and ethnographic comparison. Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Persian, Greek, Roman, American, and Chinese art and evidence will be investigated in class, through student research, and during visits to the Michael C. Carlos Museum (which exhibits art of the cultures studied and even includes a Roman copy of Praxiteles’ famous Aphrodite). Through the semester’s interdisciplinary process we will aim to come closer to observing and understanding the beauty expressed through ancient art than would be possible through any single approach. As a reward for our hard work, perhaps we will become more aware of the expression of beauty in our own world.
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