Visual Art: A Brief Encounter

ART HIS 860.55

This course presents an overview of the major monuments in Western art, from prehistoric through modern times.


What you can learn.

  • Discuss key art works including Michelangelo's David, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and the Palace of Versailles
  • Meet at the Getty Center to practice visual analysis skills firsthand

About this course:

This three-meeting overview of the major monuments in Western art from prehistoric through modern times helps students appreciate important art works from the key time periods and styles, including the Kritios Boy, Parthenon, Colosseum , Giotto's Lamentation, Michelangelo's David, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and the Palace of Versailles. The course also serves as a general introduction for those considering a more in-depth art history course or planning a trip, or anyone seeking a quick overview of a complex topic. Instruction begins by examining the processes of visual analysis followed by a condensed chronological survey of artistic production. The final class meets at the Getty Center, where students practice their visual analysis skills and appreciate great works of art firsthand.

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