Kathryn R. Topper
CL AR 442
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 ART H 442.
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
There are no formal prerequisites, but previous coursework in Classics and/ or art history is strongly recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Exams, a final paper, and participation in class discussions.