Spanish and European Art History (3)
This course offered through the AU Abroad program in Madrid
examines European and Spanish Art from the Middle Ages until the
beginning of the twentieth century. This extensive chronology is
divided into several artistic periods/styles: Romanesque and
Gothic styles, the Renaissance in Italy, the Baroque period and
the beginnings of modernity including Rococo and Neoclassicism
in the eighteenth century.
Washington, DC Architecture (3)
Why is the White House white? Why is Jefferson honored with a
dome and Washington an obelisk? Washington DC is rich in
architectural treasures, some of which revive historical styles,
others showing daring innovation. This course analyzes the
city's buildings within a broad context of Western architectural
history. Alternate classes take place on site, providing unique
opportunities to view buildings up close, analyze their design
and construction, and experience how well they function.
In-class lectures and discussions explore the historical
framework and political motivation behind architectural choices.
Students become familiar with historical styles, the meaning of
materials, architectural design, engineering innovations and the
complex relationship between form and function. Prerequisite: