The Making of Paris, City of Art and Revolution

Parsons Paris: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Making of Paris
Spring 2023 - Paris
Taught By: Stephanie Nadalo
Section: PC1

CRN: 3725

Credits: 3

This course examines the urban, artistic, and social history of Paris from the city’s ancient origins to the present. Although Paris began as a second-rate Roman colony, it rose to prominence in medieval Europe, and by the 19th century was considered the ‘capital of the world.’ By examining the social history of Parisian institutions and the built environment, this course familiarizes students with the city’s complex legacy as a locus for art, architecture, and Revolutionary politics. From the soaring Gothic spires of Notre-Dame Cathedral to the iron latticework of the Eiffel Tower, the urban landscape of contemporary Paris reflects both the monumental ambitions of French rulers and the daily labor of architects, engineers and anonymous builders. Moreover, while Parisian topography reveals layers of architectural accumulation, the character of the city was also profoundly affected by dramatic acts of symbolic destruction. By examining the making and remaking of Paris over the centuries, students will gain an appreciation for Paris as both ‘the city of light’ and the city of urban barricades. Furthermore, they will better understand how artists and thinkers have contributed to the changing character of the city. Open to: Undergraduate students, sophomore and junior level only.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory (APHT)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: January 29, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:00am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 3:25pm - 6:05pm
Building: Parsons Paris
Room: 501
Date Range: 1/17/2023 - 5/9/2023