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Introduction to Humanities

Students identify common themes in the arts, analyze works representing diverse perspectives, and investigate the political, social, and historical contexts of works. 


Research Paper

Albert Bierstadt: Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Albert Bierstadt: Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, oil on canvas, 1.83×3.05 m, 1867 (Washington, DC, National Museum of American Art); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

This assignment requires you to select a work of art from the following list, research the work of art, write a research paper, and one paragraph summarizing your findings to share with the class in a discussion:

Propaganda in Mesopotamian Art (The Epic of Gilgamesh, 19-22)

The Afterlife in Egyptian Art (The Book of the Dead, 28-31)

Legend in Greek Art (Homer’s Iliad, or Odyssey, 46-48)

Legend in Roman Art (Virgil’s Aeneid, 79)

Propaganda in Roman Portraits (Cicero, 85-87)

The Afterlife in Anglo-Saxon and Viking Burials (Beowulf, 146-148)

Chivalry in Medieval Art (The Song of Roland, 150-153)

The Bayeux Tapestry as a Historical Document (158-159)

Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism (Aquinas, 183-84)

Humanism in Italian Renaissance Art (Ficino, Petrarch, 205, 216-17)

Art of the Italian Courts (Castiglione, Machiavelli, 219-20)

The Reformation and Secular Art (Erasmus, 260-261)

The Counter Reformation in Art (Council of Trent, 271, 316-22)

The Grand Tour in Art (Lord Bryon, Travel Diaries, Twain, 345, 366)

The Nobel Savage in Art (Rousseau, 368, 433-44)

Scenes of Modern Life in French Art (Baudelaire, 418-25)

Transcendentalism and American Landscapes (Emerson, Thoreau, 429)

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