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Pforzheimer Honors College

Spring 2014: France

French Art: From The Middle Ages To Modern Times - Travel Course to France

Course Information

Prerequisite: None

This course is taught simultaneously by video-conference on both the New York City campus and on the Pleasantville campus.

Day, Tuesday 12:15-3:15 P.M.. and one hour online/web-assisted

Course description

This course offers a diversified and comprehensive overview of the fine arts, architecture, culture, customs, history, and language of France from the Middle Ages to the present. Within an historical framework, students are introduced to important artists, monuments, styles, movements, and trends that have shaped one of the richest cultures of the Western heritage. Course includes a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a trip to France during Spring Break (March 15-22, 2014).

The 8-day trip to France enables students to visit the Romanesque church of Vézelay; the Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame and the tiny Ste-Chapelle in Paris; Chartres Cathedral's sparkling stained glass; the Renaissance châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau, and Leonardo da Vinci's home in Amboise; and the Baroque château of Versailles. The itinerary also includes the famous Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Beaubourg.Five nights in Paris and one in a château in the Loire Valley.Total cost of the trip is estimated to be approximately $3,000 per student, 2 students per room.

Professors' Information

Janetta Rebold Benton, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Art History
Patton House, Pleasantville campus
Phone: (914) 773-3675

Stéphanie Jeanjean, Ph.D.
Art History
41 Park Row, 12th floor, New York campus
Phone: (212) 346-1819

Learning Outcomes

Through the viewing of significant works of French art and architecture on site and in the classroom, classroom discussion, and written assignments students will learn to:

  • formulate informed critiques of art
  • write essays in which they synthesize various disciplines and ideas
  • identify materials that are relevant to course themes and present the materials in a variety of media
  • develop an appreciation for, and an understanding of, French culture
  • understand the major stylistic developments in the history of French art from the Middle Ages to today
  • comprehend the meaning of works of art and how they functioned originally within the historical, social, cultural, and political context in which they were created
  • develop an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the impact of the French artistic traditions on Western culture
  • develop awareness of cultural differences