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Kathryn R. Topper
ART H 442
Seattle Campus

Greek Painting

Study of painted decoration on Greek vases, with emphasis on stylistic developments and cultural and historical influences. Painting on other media also examined as evidence allows. Offered: jointly with CL AR 442.

Class description

This course offers an introduction to Greek painting from the Archaic to Hellenistic periods. We will focus primarily on painted vases, considering monumental painting where evidence allows. We will consider topics such as the stylistic development, trade, and economic value of painted vases, but our main focus will be the questions raised by the imagery: What is represented? What do the images tell us about ancient life and thought? How do the images relate to other forms of representation—in the visual arts, in literature, and in the theater?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There are no formal prerequisites, but previous coursework in Classics and/ or art history is strongly recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Exams, a paper, and participation in class discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kathryn R. Topper
Date: 09/23/2013