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Arts of the Ancient World

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This course is a survey of the arts and crafts of ancient Europe, the Near East, Egypt, and the classical world, from the Paleolithic periodthrough the fall of Rome, with an emphasis on the functional and decorative objects that were highly valued in ancient times and the painting, sculpture, and architectural remains that are considered the major works of ancient art today. The powerful aesthetic vision that characterized ancient creative endeavor can be recognized and appreciated in works ranging from the most ambitious civic and religious monuments to the most ordinary everyday objects. It was this vision that captured the imagination and affected the outlook of artists and patrons in the medieval period, the Renaissance, and subsequent eras; this course serves as an introduction to the works that influenced the style and content of much of the art of the postclassical Western world. 3 credits.