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  1. IntroductionThe Subjects and Vocabulary of Art History

  2. What do Art Historians do? • Study the Visual/tangible objects that humans make and the structures that humans build • Determine the original contexts of artworks • Why artistic events happened at all

  3. Questions Art Historians Ask • How old is it? • In what ways could art historians establish the date of an artwork or approximate date? • What is its style?? • Art historians speak of several different kinds of artistic styles • Period Style • Regional Style • Personal Style

  4. Western facade of Amiens Cathedral Madonna with the Long Neck,Parmigianino

  5. Laocoon, Vatican Museum, Rome Statue of Menkaura and Khamerernebty, Giza, Egypt

  6. The Night Café, Vincent van Gogh Portrait by Modigliani

  7. Questions Cont… • What is its subject?? • Various Categories: religious, historical, mythological, genre (daily life), portraiture, landscape, still-life • Who made it?? • Who paid for it?? • Role of Patrons

  8. Suspending Judgment

  9. Suspending Judgment JACKSON POLLOCK, Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), 1950. Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas, 7' 3" x 9' 10". National Gallery of Art, Washington (Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund).

  10. CLAUDE LORRAIN, Landscape with Cattle and Peasants, 1629. Oil on canvas, 3' 6" x 4' 10 1/2". Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

  11. Art History as Interdisciplinary Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu-ngulu), "Kota," Gabon, 19th or early 20th century. PABLO PICASSO, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, June-July 1907. Oil on canvas, 8' x 7' 8". Museum of Modern Art, New York

  12. Art is about “the Journey”

  13. Art Mediates Life: Places for Human Experiences