Since ancient times, art has played roles that go beyond aesthetics, decoration and technology. Art has provided meaning by reflecting history, politics, ideology, hopes and fears of epochs and generations through time. Get an overview of the purposeful uses and roles of art through the ages from ancient to modern times.
Week 1: Ancient Times – Events & power in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome, Greece, Medieval Europe.
Week 2: The Americas – Pre-Columbian, Native American, & American Revolutionary War Period.
Week 3: 19th and early 20th Centuries – Revolutions & Civil Wars in France, Manifest Destiny, American Civil War.
Week 4: New Art Styles & Technology, Industrial Revolution and Urbanization, World War I – The Military Effort & the Home Front, Russian Revolution, Spanish Civil War.
Week 5: The Great Depression, World War II – The Military Effort & the Home Front, the Cold War, the Cold War.
Week 6: Modern Era — New Consumerism & Vietnam, Civil Rights, LGBT, Environment, Feminism, & Politics.