ARTH 2200 The Classical World in 24 Objects - SPRING 20

Mon, 10/21/2019


ARTH 2200/ ARKEO 2700/ CLASS 2700

Introduction to Art History: The Classical WOrld in 24 Objects

V. Platt

T/R 10:10-11:25

Sections:          201 R 12:20-1:10          202 F 11:15 – 12:05

Did the Greeks really paint their marble statues? Did the Romans make wax death masks? Should the British Museum return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece? Come and explore all these questions and more in “An Introduction to the Ancient World in 24 Objects”. Each class will focus on a single artefact, showing how it is exemplary of key trends and historical moments in Greek and Roman culture, from the temples of ancient Athens to the necropoleis of Roman Egypt and the rainy outposts of Hadrian’s Wall. In addition to the history of Greco-Roman art in antiquity, we will explore the influence of Classical art on later Western culture, paying special attention to its complex (and often problematic) political ramifications. While focusing on major monuments from Classical antiquity in class, we will also examine Cornell’s collection of plaster casts, ancient objects in the Johnson Museum, and the Greek and Roman collections in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Poster Image:

Sara VanDerBeek
Roman Woman XIX, 2019
Dye sublimation print on aluminum mounted on plexiglas
20 x 15 3/4 in
50.8 x 40 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.
Poster with same description as body of article, image of classical bust with bright colors added