INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE - PRESENT: An introduction to the visual culture of the Western world from the fifteenth century to the present. The course provides tools of analysis and interpretation as well as general, historical understanding. It focuses on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the ways that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces. Issues include, for example, redefinitions of art in the Italian and Northern Renaissance; realism, modernity and tradition; the tension between self-expression and the art market; and the use of art for political purposes. Annually. Fall and Spring. [AH]