Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Art History Course Listings

Courses Offered Fall 2021

AH 111 Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary (Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement)

AH 360 Special Topics in Art History: War & Peace in Ancient Mesopotamia 

Courses Offered Spring 2022

AH 110 Western Art: Paleolithic to Gothic (Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement)
AH 111 Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary (Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement)
AH 312 The Renaissance in Italy
AH 345 Sight and Insight: Topics in Aesthetics and Art History (same course as PL 345)

AH 360 Special Topics in Art History: Parthenon to Pantheon (same course as HN 318, initially restricted to honors students)

Course Descriptions

AH 110 Western Art: Paleolithic to Gothic: broad overview of the art of the West from the Paleolithic age to the Gothic era, focusing on Egyptian, Greek, Roman, early Christian, and Medieval art and architecture. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. Same course as CL 241.


AH 111 Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary: A survey of major Western artworks, artists, and artistic styles from the Renaissance to the present. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. 

AH 307 Discovering Difference: Art in the Age of Encounter: 
The centuries following Columbus’s “discovery” of the New World in 1492 were marked by an unprecedented degree of interchange between formerly unconnected cultures. In Europe, Asia, and the Americas this contact had wide-ranging effects in terms of politics, economics, religion, culture, and art. Using art and visual culture as points of entry, this course examines the historical, cultural, and aesthetic implications of this interchange. Fulfills art history non-Western requirement.


AH 308 Art of Ancient Greece: A survey of Greek art and architecture from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Era. Among the topics considered are Mycenaean tombs and palaces, the development of temple architecture, and the ways in which polytheistic religion shaped life in ancient Greece. Same course as CL 308. 

AH 309 Art of Ancient Rome: A survey of Roman art and architecture from the emergence of the Etruscan Civilization to the fall of the empire. Topics include the forging of a new Roman culture from Italic and Greek origins, the invention of new construction techniques, and the appropriation of art for propagandistic purposes. Same course as CL 309. 


AH 310 Church and Empire: Early Medieval Art, c. 250-1050: An exploration of European art beginning with the earliest emergence of Christian art in the mid-third century through the flowering of magnificent church architecture in the twelfth century. Brilliant mosaics; sculpture in stone, ivory, and bronze; glittering reliquaries holding saints’ bones; monasteries; and illuminated manuscripts are among the types of artworks examined. Students investigate how Christianity and the growing influence of Germanic ethnic groups transformed the artistic heritage of the Roman Empire during this period, and how pilgrimage, aesthetic theories of beauty, the fear of idolatry, assertions of sacred and secular power, and other contextual factors shaped artworks. This course meets in the Manuscript Room and Medieval Department at The Walters Art Museum several times during the semester. 

AH 312 The Renaissance in Italy: Investigates art’s reflection of the rise of humanism, the rebirth of interest in antiquity, and a new concentration on the earthly world in thirteenth- to sixteenth-century Italy. Studies art and patronage in Republican Florence, Papal Rome, and the ducal courts of Northern Italy, from the time of Giotto to the High Renaissance of Leonardo and Michelangelo, and on to Mannerism and the Counter-Reformation. 

AH 313 Renaissance Art in Northern Europe: A study of the developing humanism of the fifteenth century in Flanders where the manuscript tradition of painting developed into the naturalistic and symbolic painting of the late Gothic period, as well as the increasing influence of Italian art on Northern Europe in the sixteenth century. 

AH 316 Realism and Impressionism: Throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, artists such as Courbet, Manet, and Monet struggled to free themselves from older art forms in an effort to become “modern,” to capture the life and spirit of their own times. Investigates the artistic transformation that occurred in an era of rapid social change as artists struggled with new avenues for marketing their works (through dealers and galleries), mined new urban spaces and newly created suburbs, and combed the diminishing countryside for their images. 

AH 319 History of Photography: An examination of the major technical and aesthetic movements in the history of photography since its invention. Covers the works of major artists working in this medium as well as the major styles. Students in this class will not be expected to produce photographs. Same course as PT 319.

AH 322 Michelangelo: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was arguably the most important artistic figure of the sixteenth century. Active as a painter, sculptor, architect, draftsman, and poet, Michelangelo greatly influenced the development of art in Italy (and Europe) both during and after his life. Works such as David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling are examined in the context of the political, religious, artistic, and philosophical concerns of the time. Michelangelo’s art also is examined in relation to that of his predecessors, contemporaries, and followers, so that students may come to understand not only his art but his impact on the art of the Renaissance and, more broadly, on Western European art. 

AH 325 Gothic Art and Architecture: Beginning around Paris in the mid-twelfth century, this course investigates the emergence and development of Gothic-a style of art and architecture that dominated Western Europe for centuries and offered new ways of envisioning the world and the divine. Gothic is studied in its social contexts across a range of media, from towering churches to manuscripts in local collections. 

AH 326 The Crusades in Medieval Visual Culture: Explores the crusades as a catalyst for artistic encounter between western European, Byzantine, and Islamicate cultures in the Holy Land and the Mediterranean from the eleventh through the fourteenth centuries. The investigation of the richly varied art and architecture of this period-which includes intricately carved ivory boxes, scintillating mosaics, and imposing castles-provides critical insights into the complex historical processes of cultural conflict and convergence. Fulfills art history non-Western requirement

AH 327 Islamic Art: A survey of the rich and diverse artistic heritage from the seventh century to the present. A wide range of media is covered, including architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, and manuscript illumination. Religious and secular art is examined within its historical context in Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, and central and south Asia.  Fulfills art history non-Western requirement Formerly AH204.

AH 345 Sight and Insight: Topics in Aesthetics and Art History: Studying works of art inevitably brings up philosophical questions about the nature of art and the status of aesthetic judgments. Is art just about emotion and not reason? Is art basically subjective? Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Conversely, the philosophy of art must grapple with the acute particularity of artworks, and efforts to probe art in the realm of ideas are inescapably freighted by the objects themselves and the history of art. How is form related to meaning? What is modernism? What is the future of art? In short, art history and philosophy of art need each other, and students need both to fully pursue fundamental questions about the role of art in human life. This course brings abstract theorizing together with contextualized case studies, allowing students to develop nuanced perspectives on our modes of thinking about art and our cultural practices of making, exchanging, and experiencing artworks. Same course as PL 345. 

AH 353 Posters! A History of Art and Persuasion: Introduces students to the cultural and visual history of posters. Drawing on Baltimore’s rich poster resources, students examine the poster as a key participant in both modern life and modern art. Beginning with the prehistory of the poster in the Reformation broadsheet and moving on to the posters of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, students investigate how the poster and its visual language has participated in and shaped art, history, politics, culture, and commerce. Same course as CM 348.

AH 360 Special Topics in Art History (300 level): An investigation of a culture, issue, or period in the history of art. Lecture format. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Depending on topic can fulfill art history non-Western requirement.

AH 401 Intensive Independent Study: An intensive, one-on-one investigation of a special topic, artist, limited span of time, or a particular artistic “problem” in the history of art. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Depending on topic can fulfill art history non-Western requirement.

AH 402 Special Topics in Art History (400 level): An intensive investigation of a special topic, artist, limited span of time, or a particular artistic “problem” in the history of art. Seminar format. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Depending on topic can fulfill art history non-Western requirement.

AH 403 Internship: Art History: Students interested in an internship in the history of art or museum studies should contact the instructor. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. May be repeated for nondegree credit. 

AH 404 Summer Internship: Art History: Taken by art history majors and minors participating in off-campus internships in museums, galleries, auction houses, or other art-related venues. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. 1 credit. Does not count toward the 120-credit degree requirement. 

AH 405 Prints and Printmaking: A History of Printmaking in the West: Examines the history of European and American prints from the early fifteenth century up to the present day. Prints are viewed in their historical, artistic, material, and cultural contexts, and numerous meetings are held in the print room of the Baltimore Museum of Art. The course uses critical theory and features practical demonstrations of printmaking techniques. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. 

AH 406 Museum Studies: History, Politics, and Practices: Offers a critical introduction to museums, one of the most influential types of cultural institutions. Far more than repositories of objects, museums today are vital crucibles of discussion and debate about public values, memory, and identity. Participants survey the historical development of museums from the Renaissance to the present and consider challenges that currently confront museums. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. 

AH 407 Albrecht Dürer: Best known as a maker of innovative engravings and woodcuts, the German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was also a painter and artistic theorist who, in his work and writings, brought together Northern European and Italian elements. He revolutionized the print medium, influenced artists throughout Europe, and was influence by the Protestant Reformation. This course will hold approximately half of its meetings in the print room of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Written or electronic permission of the instructor. 

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