In the first of the sequence of required courses in the history of art, students explore the major artists, movements and artistic themes of the Western tradition, beginning with prehistoric art and concluding with Medieval Art. Lectures and readings examine ways in which artists conceive of religion, society, politics and the role of men and women within their historical and stylistic context. In addition, the course considers various media and materials, such as painting, sculpture and architecture, and the fundamentals of design and composition. At the conclusion of this course, students will recognize a broad range of artists, works, and styles from ancient to medieval art. Further, students will learn basic methods in discipline of art history, such as formal analysis, and write knowledgeably on topics from ancient to medieval art (Formerly AH 1010).