James D West
Survey of Russian art and architecture from the middle ages to the twentieth century, covering the place of the visual arts in Russian culture, the relationship between visual and verbal art, and the appropriate reading of works of Russian art of all periods.
A selective survey of Russian art and architecture from the middle ages to the twentieth century, emphasizing the place of the visual arts in Russian culture, the influence on it of the many different visual cultures with which it interacted, and the reception of Russian art in Europe. There will also be some exploration of the complex relationship between visual and verbal art, which is particularly important in the context of Russian culture. Illustrations will be available for study outside class on a course website.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course has a lecture/discussion format.
There are no prerequisites, but some knowledge of Russian culture is helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments are two papers (midterm and final) and two visual quizzes.