Middle Ages to Enlightenment Course with University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity

Middle Ages to Enlightenment Course with University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity

Thursdays from Thursday, February 21, 2019 to Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6–7:45p.m.

About Your Course

Art History: Middle Ages to Enlightenment 


This class will survey more than 500 years of artistic and stylistic developments in Western Europe, Central Africa, and the Near East. Through a combination of lecture format and gallery exploration, students will develop a broad understanding of the most representative works from each era and region, while also learning how specific objects from the museum’s collection fit within the history of art. Visiting the European Art galleries, we will examine some of the museum’s most treasured pieces, including works by Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Caterina van Hemesson, Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, and Thomas Gainsborough. Students will learn about the function and stylistic qualities of the beautiful mihrab on display in the gallery of Islamic Art, and see various examples of Islamic calligraphic ceramics. In the gallery of African Art, we will look at objects of power and prestige, including masquerade objects, nkisi power figures, and kente cloth from Ghana. 

About Your Instructor

Lauren Tate, Ph.D. is an art historian with more than ten years of experience teaching both introductory and specialized courses on the history of art. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University and is currently a visiting assistant professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Tate has taught numerous courses on the history of art covering topics such as American Art, Modern Art, 19th Century Art, Race and Identity in American Culture, Art Appreciation, as well as a survey of the history of art from the prehistoric to the contemporary period. Tate recently led a study abroad experience in Paris with the class “Art and Architecture History in the ‘City of Light.’”

Class Locations:
February 21 - Castellini Room
February 28 - Castellini Room
March 7 - Lecture Hall
March 14 - Castellini Room

Registration Required. 4 week course, $149. Click here to register through the University of Cincinnati, or call (513) 556-6932

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