Maricopa Community Colleges  ARH102   20036-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 3-25-2003

ARH102  2003 Fall – 2011 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Renaissance Through Contemporary Art

History of art from around the world from the Renaissance through the contemporary period.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ARH102  2003 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Renaissance Through Contemporary Art



Identify stylistic characteristics of the various historical periods from many parts of the world from the Renaissance through the present. (I-XII)


Define and use art historical terminology. (I-XII)


Identify various visual elements of art from around the world, and explain how one uses these to analyze and evaluate works of art. (I-XII)


Describe various techniques and materials used in creating sculpture, paintings, and architecture from around the world. (I-XII)


Identify key works by various painters, sculptors, and architects from around the world. (I-XII)


Critically compare and contrast various works of art from around the world. (I-XII)


Identify global works of art that demonstrate the variety and interdependence of the art of different cultures. (I-XII)


Describe the geography, history, religion, politics and artifacts of various cultures around the world. (I-XII)


Identify and describe artistic issues and controversies, such as restoration, patronage, preservation, accessibility, scholarship, and criticism. (I-XII)

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ARH102  2003 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Renaissance Through Contemporary Art


I. 15th Century Art in Northern Europe (Art, Politics, Religion, and Geography)

A. Manuscript illumination

B. Flemish, French, German, and Spanish art

II. 15th Century Italian Art (Art, Politics, Mythology, Religion, Philosophy, and Society)

A. Humanism and the Renaissance

B. Portraiture

C. Architecture

D. Roles of religion, mythology and politics

III. High Renaissance and Mannerism (Art, Religion, Philosophy, and Politics)

A. High Renaissance

B. Mannerism

IV. Art of the Reformation: 16th Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain (Art, Religion, Politics, and Geography)

A. Protestant Reformation

B. Holy Roman Empire (including Germany)

C. France

D. The Netherlands

E. Spain

V. Baroque and Rococo (Art, Politics, History, Religion, and Geography)

A. Baroque art of the 17th century

B. Late Baroque, early eighteenth century, and the Rococo period

VI. Later Art India, China and Japan (Art, Religion, Geography, and Society)

A. India

B. China

C. Japan

VII. Neoclasicism through the Mid 19th Century (Art, Enlightenment, Society, Science, and Technology)

A. Neoclassicism to Romanticism

B. Romanticism

C. Landscape painting

D. Sculpture

E. Architecture

F. Beginning of photography

VIII. Later 19th Century (Art, Society, Politics, Industrialization, and Urbanization)

A. Realism

B. Impressionism

C. Post-impressionism

D. Symbolism

E. Art Nouveau

F. Architecture

G. Sculpture

IX. Native Arts of Mesoamerica, South America and Oceania (Art, Mythology, Geography, and Society)

A. Mesoamerica and South America

1. Aztec (Mexico)

2. Inca (Peru and adjoining areas)

B. Oceania

X. Later African Art (Art, Mythology, Geography, Society, and Nature)

A. European contact

B. Context and meaning

C. Themes

D. Masks

XI. Early 20th Century (Art, Society, Politics, and Philosophy)

A. Expressionism

B. Abstraction

C. Utopian ideals

D. The organic

E. Political statements

F. Emigres and exiles

XII. Later 20th Century (Art, Politics, Philosophy, and Controversy)

A. World War II and its aftermath

B. Postwar expressionism

C. Modernist formalism and alternatives

D. Postmodernism


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