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This introduction to ancient Greek art begins with the Aegean cultures of the Minoans and Mycenaeans, then goes on to examine the development of Greek visual art through the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. Through images of archaeological sites including Delphi, Olympia, and the Athenian Acropolis, as well as notable examples of sculpture and figurative vase painting, participants will trace the relationship of Greek art with philosophy, religion, politics, war, and international trade.
Those interested in Greek mythology, literature, and early drama will have opportunity to observe how Greek artists idealized figures such as the Athlete and the Warrior, visualized the legendary exploits of heroes such as Herakles, and presented tense encounters between humans and a variety of mythological “others,” including centaurs, satyrs, and the dreaded Minotaur.
With the age of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek artistic styles throughout the Mediterranean world and beyond, participants will see how extensively ancient Greek art and architecture influenced the Romans and subsequent civilizations—influences visible today in American government buildings and on university campuses.
Participants planning travel to modern Greece will see examples of some of the finest works of ancient art displayed today in Greek museums, as well as important works from collections of Greek art in the United States.
Art historian Allan Kohl has taught courses on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he is the visual resources librarian. His previous LearningLife courses include historical celebrations of baseball and American popular culture, the art of the Civil War, and the art and design history of the Netherlands, and Athens, Florence, Istanbul, London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, and Venice. Examples of Kohl’s location photography of medieval and modern Italian art and architecture may be seen in the Society of Architectural Historians’ SAHARA collection library.artstor.org/#/collection/87732181.
Offered in cooperation with the University of Minnesota
Alumni Association Travel Program.