Sotheby's Institute of Art

Art History: Egyptian art to pop - the key Movements

Available dates

Mar 11—Apr 21, 2020
USD 1335


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About the course

Art history is more than names, dates, and movements— it is about the unexpected connections that create its complex narrative. From Egypt’s mythic symbolism to Warhol’s pop sensibility, this course invites you to study major artists and examine key art objects that illustrate and explain the unfolding of Western art history. As there is never a single way to interpret an art object, course lectures provide diverse contexts and ways of looking, guiding you toward developing an independent and confident approach to looking at—and finding meaning in—works of art.

For those passionate about art, Art History: Egyptian Art to Pop, The Key Movements offers a solid education on how to analyze, interpret, and appreciate art.

What you will learn:

  • The tools to independently look at and interpret works of art from the Egyptian pyramids to Pop art.
  • The facility and confidence to approach all kinds of art with a critical eye and sensibility of appreciation.
  • The ability to identify and date important art objects and define the essential characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.

Sample Topics

Week 1: The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece, and Rome

  • Egyptian Pyramids and Sculpture
  • Archaic and Classical Greek Sculpture and the Parthenon
  • Roman Veristic Sculpture and the Roman Arch

Week 2: The Myth of the Dark Ages and the Emergence of Light: The Medieval Period

  • Medieval Objects
  • Medieval Manuscripts
  • Romanesque Architecture
  • Gothic Architecture
  • The Proto Renaissance

Week 3: Science, Grandeur, and Leisure: Renaissance, Baroque and Beyond

  • Italian Renaissance
  • Northern Renaissance
  • Baroque Painting, Sculpture

Week 4: The 19th Century and the Rise of Modernism

  • Neo-Classicism
  • Romanticism
  • Realism
  • Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

Week 5: A New Millennium: The Early 20th Century

  • Cubism and Futurism
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Russian Constructivism

Week 6: Post-WWII: Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art

  • Post World War II: Abstract Expressionism
  • Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art
  • Post-War Art in Europe & America

Trust the experts

Georgia Krantz

Georgia Krantz is an independent art historian and arts educator with a focus on 20th-century art. She has taught art history at the New School and Pratt Institute, and has worked as an educator and education consultant at numerous NYC institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the ...


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