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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HART272 History of American Art Before the Civil War 3 cr.


This course will examine American art from the time of European settlement to the Civil War with special emphasis on political, social and cultural contexts. The course is both chronological and thematic. It focuses on major figures, such as John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, Charles W. Peale, and Thomas Cole. It also focuses on issues such as the construction of an American identity, the role of the fine arts in American society, and the tensions of class, gender, race and ethnicity in American art. This course will combine slide lecture with discussion of secondary readings.

Prerequisites: HART100

Lecture/Seminar
Culturally Diverse Content
All College Elective