Iconography: The Classic Tradition in Western Art

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Iconography: The Classic Tradition in Western Art

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Classics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this course we will study the creation and recreation of images from Classical mythology and ancient history in western art across the whole sweep of Western cultural history, from Antiquity to modern times. We will focus on three moments in the tradition: (a) Greek vases and Roman sarcophagi; (b) Italian Renaissance painting, c. 1450-1550 CE; (c) Revolutionary and Romantic art, c. 1780-1850 CE. Independent research will be central to your work on this module, and towards the end of the course each student will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and deliver it to a live audience of other class members. Internet resources will be vital to your work, but discursive background reading will also be essential.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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