This art history course focuses on ten art objects, considered in their original and critical contexts. The selection of case studies aims to map the wealth and diversity of art historical research: from iconic ‘masterpieces’ to popular imagery, votive objects and craft. Works discussed may range from the Parthenon marbles and Velazquez’ ‘Las Meninas’ to wax penises and birth plates.
Each case study introduces different questions and approaches for discussing art works: a series of lessons in critical interpretation. The sessions are intentionally not arranged in chronological order: the aim is not to outline a ‘history of art in 10 objects’, but to present a range of case studies that can introduce students in an accessible way to different perspectives on the study of art.
Course CoordinatorDr Hans Hones email@example.com