In the second of the sequence of required courses in the history of art, students explore the major artists, movements and artistic themes of Western tradition, beginning with the Renaissance and concluding with Post Impressionism. Lectures and readings examine ways in which artists conceive of religion, society, politics and the roles 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 the Renaissance and concluding with Post Impressionism. Further, students will become familiar with relevant art theory and methodology, learn to conduct research within the discipline of art history, and write knowledgeably on topics from the Renaissance to Post Impressionism.