Art History

The history of art is the story of fascinating cultures, dramatic events and personal triumphs. And it all comes to vivid life through the renowned art historians teaching at Hanover College. These are no ordinary history classes. You’ll find Hanover students exploring firsthand the masterpieces on display in cities as close as Cincinnati and as far away Florence, Italy, and Paris, France.

Hanover is one of the few U.S. colleges of its size to offer extensive courses in Asian art history, where you might even try your hand at calligraphy. Through it all, you’ll learn how the great artists contributed to and reflected the history of their time.

Art is alive at Hanover

At Hanover, you'll get early practical experience in your field by curating an exhibition of visiting artists, students or the works in the our private collection. From label writing to lighting, you’ll progress step by step and gain valuable real-world experience that can make you a competitive candidate for internships, job opportunities and graduate schools. Hanover students often pursue positions such as:

  • Museum curator
  • Archivist
  • Auctioneer
  • Appraiser
  • Specialist in the preservation and restoration of art

What do art history majors study?

  • History of Eastern art
  • History of Western Art
  • Other topics that interest you, from contemporary art to medieval art to the art of China and Japan.

Courses

Number
Name
Credits
Description
ARTH 111
History of Eastern Art
1
A general introduction to the art of the ancient civilizations and traditional arts of Asia, focusing on India, China and Japan. Topics covered include Buddhist and Hindu art, landscape painting, sculpture, woodblock print, and important monuments in East Asian art. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR.
ARTH 112
History of Western Art
1
A historical survey from cave paintings to present. The course deals with Western art forms derived from the Near East, Europe and the United States.
ARTH 211
Arts and Cultures of China
1
An introduction to major artistic traditions in China. Topics include art and ritual, visual arts and the quest for immortality, Buddhist art, landscape painting, palace architecture, and modern and contemporary art. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR.
ARTH 212
Arts and Cultures of Japan
1
An introduction to important works of sculpture, architecture and painting from prehistory through the nineteenth century, including Shinto shrines, Buddhist art, narrative scrolls, Zen art, and woodblock prints. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR.
ARTH 225
Intro Classical Art & Archaeology
1
This course examines the degree to which the art and artifacts of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds can help to inform us about the cultural settings in which they were created. Throughout the semester, students will chart the evolution of Classical art and architecture and discover how an archaeologist might use the remains of the ancient past to reconstruct daily life and broader cultural phenomena. This overview is intended to introduce the student to the most widely referenced material works of the Greek and Roman past and the factors which influenced their style and substance. Identical to CLA225.
ARTH 328
Contemporary Art
1
Analysis of contemporary art, its forms and display. Role of museums as exhibitor. Study of modern criticism and its role as interpreter of contemporary art. Field trips to major museums and galleries.
ARTH 339
Ancient Art and Architecture
1
The exploration of the history of painting, sculpture and architecture in the art of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Offered alternate years.
ARTH 341
Medieval Art and Architecture
1
A concentration on monasteries, cathedrals and castles with their related manuscripts, sculptures and stained glass during the Romanesque and Gothic eras. Offered alternate years.
ARTH 342
Renaissance Art and Architecture
1
Italian art from the Late Gothic through Mannerist periods, studied in its social context. Offered alternate years.
ARTH 343
Baroque & 18th Cent Art/Architectur
1
European art seen in relation to the periods of the Counter-Reformation, the Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment. Offered alternate years.
ARTH 344
19th Century Art and Architecture
1
A survey of art extending from the revolutionary eras in America and France to the beginnings of modernist art at the turn of the century. Offered alternate years.
ARTH 345
Art in the United States
1
A survey of American art and architecture from the revolution to World War II. Field trips are a required element of this class. Offered alternate years. Not open to students with credit in GW 121-122.
ARTH 348
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
1
Visual arts created by Chinese artists from the mid-19th century to the present day, focusing on innovative responses to the dynamic relationship between traditional Chinese art, artistic movements in the west, and sociopolitical changes in China. Satisfies the Other Cultures LADR.

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