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Chinese Porcelains
French Renaissance Ceramics
Italian Cabinet Galleries
Italian Renaissance Ceramics
Medieval Metalwork and Enamels
Neoclassical Decorative Arts of the Late 1700s
Production of French Decorative Arts in the 1700s
Rococo Decorative Arts of the Mid-1700s
Art Noveau, 1890–1914

New Course Offering

ARTH 699: Topics in Art History

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Spring 2015

ARTH 699-001: Art of Colonial South Asia  —  Robert D. DeCaroli

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M —  Off-Campus Location OCL

This graduate seminar will look at the material culture of India during the Colonial period (1757-1947). Beginning with a look at the art of the Mughal Empire we will trace the rising influence of various European powers in South Asia with special attention on the expansion of the British East India Company and development of the Raj. The British Imperial system sought out Indian resources for exploitation and had a dramatic impact on the traditional arts and crafts of the Subcontinent. Topics for discussion will include: late art of the Mughal Empire, Portuguese Goa, Company Style painting, Orientalism (including Theosophy), Photography, Traditional “crafts”, and Colonial Museums.  The course will meet in the Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution.

ARTH 699 001 will meet at Smithsonian Ripley Center, Room 3031.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers.


Graduate standing.


May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits when topic is different.

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Save the date! Digital Art History Conference



What: Digital Art History Conference

Where: National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, West Building Lecture Hall

When: Friday, November 21, 2014

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