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19th-Century Art

4.641 ⎯ Undergraduate Subject
4.644 ⎯ Graduate Subject

Survey of visual culture from the late 18th century to 1900 with an emphasis on Western Europe and its global points of contact. Topics include art and revolution, empire and its image, mythologies of the artist, gender and representation, public exhibitions and the dealer/critic system, and the emergence of the avant-garde. Strikes a balance between historical and contemporary critical perspectives to assess art's engagement with social and political experience. Additional work required of students taking the graduate version.