Perspectives on Humanity in the Fine Arts
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Within the historical domain of each era, a rich variety of visual and performing arts examples brings the period and its culture to life. The arts offer a way for the student to understand each culture’s ideals, aspirations, and search for perfection. By studying a diverse grouping of arts within a specific geographical and historical niche, the student can experience each culture as a contemporary participant might.
Areas covered include prehistory, the ancient Near East and Egypt, classical Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Empire, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, romantic and twentieth-century art forms, and others. Students come to understand the position and impact of art as expressions of a culture’s soul in the development of western history.
Rooted in this conception of the collective arts as expressions of unique cultures, Perspectives on Humanity in the Fine Arts is intended for survey courses that cover the fine arts for non-majors.