HART Department Announces New Course for the Fall Semester: Monuments and Masterpieces

Pantheon_RomeThe Athenian Parthenon, the Pantheon in Rome, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Konjikido (Hall of Gold) in Japan, and the U. S. Capitol are among the fourteen monuments and masterpieces from the East and West that will be studied in depth in a new course that will debut in the fall semester—HART 1300 Monuments and Masterpieces.

Coordinated by Riyaz Latif, Mellon Assistant Professor of History of Art, and taught by HART and other Vanderbilt professors according to their specialty areas, the course will explore ways in which objects of all kinds contribute to the shaping of the human experience and provide evidence of political, social, religious, economic, and other transformations throughout history.

“Lecturers will unravel the multiple meanings that these objects possess,” said Latif, “in the process demonstrating how historians analyze works for their immediate qualities, but also use them to answer questions that go far beyond the things themselves.”

Each week of the course will be anchored by one especially significant object, rich in implications for its culture.  A lecture will draw out the embedded meanings of the object, and an interactive session will allow for further exploration of the themes presented in lecture.  These sessions will include discussion with the instructor, small group discussions, and informal presentations.

For more information about the course, contact Kevin Murphy, chair of the History of Art Department, at kevin.d.murphy@vanderbilt.edu.

*The Pantheon, Rome:  view into the oculus

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