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Beauty and Aesthetics 4

January + February Courses

Beauty and Aesthetics 4

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Beauty and Aesthetics 4

100.00

How Art Influenced Notions of Love

Taught by John Doyle

Notions of love and it's depiction in art changed drastically during the transition from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval period. This course will examine what was lost from the Classical past and what was preserved.

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Thursdays, February 9th-March 9th* || 6:30-8:30pm
Gallery 114 || 1100 NW Glisan St.
4 weeks, $100 || Limited to 20 students || Scholarships Available
*March 2nd will be skipped for First Thursday

Notions of love and it's depiction in art changed drastically during the transition from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval period. As waves of Germanic tribes swept through the western half of the Roman empire urban civilization, education standards and classical modes of artistic expression went into decline, Religions and philosophies clashed, and society was often in turmoil. This image based course will examine this transition, what was lost from the Classical past and what was preserved.

Week 1:

The Romans inherited the Classical tradition from the Greeks but adapted it for their own society. This session will examine the similarities and differences between the two societies.

Week 2:

The Germans tribes which brought the western Roman empire to an end are still referred to by many as "the barbarians". That is a loaded term, however, and we will discuss who the Germans were, how they lived and what works of art they made.

Week 3:

What is love and how does it find expression in the art of Classical Antiquity, the Migration period and the Late Medieval?

Week 4:

What was lost from the Classical Past and what was saved? Where does our contemporary notion of romantic love originate? Is there a link between romantic love and feminism and if so what is the nature of this link.


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John Doyle has an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University and is a former Education Department lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.