VCD-1030 / VCD-1035
The Nature, History and Practices of the Image I and II
Two semesters: 3 art history credits per semester
Serving as an introduction to the place of the image in art, society, history and philosophy, these courses begin by examining the relation of the art image to the image in magic, science and religion. The distinction between image, idol, statue and reproduction will be investigated. We will see that both priests and philosophers have struggled to distinguish “true” from “false” images. The commercial image, the sexual image, the image of the human body, as well as self-image and the world as image will be explored.