Art Theory and Criticism

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Art Theory and Criticism

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Introduction to art History

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    This course examines major philosophies and concepts that have contributed to the discussion of art theory, aesthetic discourse and contemporary criticism. Reading and analyzing various texts from antiquity to the present, we will be looking at the underlying questions and meanings of art and how they interact or conflict throughout the development of western thought. The aim of this course is to equip the student with a foundation in art theory in order to develop an informed critical approach. texts we cover in class will include writings by philosophers, critics and artists such as Plato, Alberti, Kant, Benjamin, Greenberg, Barthes, Baudrillard, Lippard and Trin T. Minha.

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