4.641 / 4.644
19th-Century Art: Painting in the Age of Steam

Enrollment: 
UG: 4.641; G: 4.644 - Limited to 15

Investigation of visual culture in the nineteenth century with an emphasis on Western Europe, the United States, and Japan. Topics include art and industry, artists and urban experience, empire and its image, and artistic responses to new technologies from the telegraph to the steam engine to the great refractor telescope. Strikes a balance between historical and contemporary critical perspectives to assess art's engagement with the social, political, and environmental conditions of modernity. Additional work required of students taking the graduate version.