ARTH 10100. INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: PREHISTORY-MEDIEVAL An introduction to the art and architecture of the Western world from prehistory through the medieval period. The course will provide foundational skills (tools of analysis and interpretation) as well as general, historical understanding. It focuses on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the ways that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces. Issues include, for example, sacred spaces, images of the gods, imperial portraiture, and domestic decorations. [AH]