Masterpieces of Art in NYC

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Masterpieces of Art in NYC
Fall 2022
Taught By: Margaret Samu
Section: A

CRN: 7163

Credits: 3

In this course, students will spend the semester looking at great works of art in New York City museums and asking, What is a Masterpiece? How has the idea of "masterpiece" changed over time? We will examine works of art from a broad range of time periods in their historical context, and will ask larger questions about art collecting and what gives cultural and monetary value to works of art. The course will consist of five thematic units: What is a Masterpiece?; Attribution: The Name of the Master; Art and Power: Spiritual and Cultural Meaning; Display; and Value: Taste, Aesthetics, Rarity, Money. Each unit will include classroom lectures and discussions of readings, as well as class meetings in museums around New York City.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (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: 1:54pm EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 705
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022