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Art Humanities

HUMA UN1121Art Humanities has been a degree requirement for all College students and an integral part of the Core Curriculum since 1947. It helps students develop their visual literacy through looking at, thinking about, and engaging in critical discussion of the visual arts. It is not a historical survey, but an analytical study of a limited number of monuments and artists. The course focuses on the formal structure of works of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other media, as well as the historical contexts in which these works were made and understood.

For information about registering for Art Humanities, please refer to the College Bulletin, Engineering Bulletin, or General Studies Bulletin, and consult your advising dean.


The Readings

All readings for Art Humanities will be made available to registered students in CourseWorks.

The Units

  • The Parthenon
  • Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral & Amiens Cathedral
  • The Renaissance (Raphael, Sofonisba Anguissola, and Michelangelo)
  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Luisa Roldán
  • Clara Peeters and Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Jacques-Louis David, Angelica Kauffman, and Francisco Goya
  • Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, and Mary Cassatt
  • Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier
  • Pablo Picasso and Romare Bearden
  • Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cindy Sherman