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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Feb 21, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

HART490 The Methodologies of the History of Art 3 cr.

This seminar explores the different ways of seeing, thinking, and writing about art and the history of art. Topics include: art historical narratives, history of form and style, iconology, psychology and art, biography and autobiography of artists, sociopolitical histories of art, gendered histories of art, semiotics— structuralism and deconstruction, post-colonialism, and museology. Students are exposed to the problems of why art changes over time, the hermeneutic challenge to interpret the meaning of arts of various cultures, and how art historians’ own perspectives shape the narratives of the history of art.

Prerequisites: HART100 and any 200 or 300 level HART course

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