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Summer Course for Alumni and Friends: Art History

Date: 5:30pm - 7:00pm PDT June 23

This class is now full.

Join us for an intimate virtual educational experience with Associate Professor of Art History Dawn Odell. This five session presentation and discussion based course on the visual culture of five monumental cities and five centuries of European art, is specifically designed for alumni, parents, and friends.

Summer Course: Art History
Five Cities and Five Centuries of Transformative Art in Europe

Taught by Associate Professor of Art History Dawn Odell

Classes will be held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. (PDT) on the following dates:
Tuesday, June 23rd
Tuesday, June 30th
Tuesday, July 7th
Monday, July 13th*
Tuesday, July 21st

*Due to a conflict, the originally published Tuesday, July 14th class will be held on Monday, July 13th. If you are unable to attend on the 13th, it will be recorded.

Via Zoom

Course fee: $45 (includes PDF of course materials)

Note: This is a no credit course and there will be no grading.

Course Description:
Five Cities and Five Centuries of Transformative Art in Europe
This five session course introduces participants to some of the most famous works in the history of European art by looking closely at the visual culture of five cities during five transformative periods: fifteenth-century Florence; seventeenth-century Amsterdam; eighteenth-century London; nineteenth-century Paris; and twentieth-century Berlin. Our class will discuss work by artists including Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Judith Leyster, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, William Hogarth, Kathe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, and Otto Dix, among others. The course aims to provide participants with a broad knowledge of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the twentieth century by looking closely at relationships between urban experience and art production. In discussing these canonical works, we will also explore key theoretical problems especially important to the history of art. 

Associate Professor of Art History Dawn Odell Biography:
Dawn Odell teaches courses on early modern European and East Asian art, including classes that explore the history of Buddhist art, urban experience in late imperial China, “reality effects” in seventeenth-century European art, and relationships between art and imperialism. Professor Odell’s research focuses on the exchange of objects and artist practices between China and northern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her recent essays discuss the domestication of Chinese porcelain in the Netherlands, Dutch book arts and poetic painting traditions in East Asia, and material culture in eighteenth-century Jakarta. She is currently writing a book about Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest, an eighteenth-century Dutch immigrant to the newly formed United States. The project focuses on the display of van Bram’s vast collection of Chinese art at his estate outside of Philadelphia.

Check out Professor Odell’s Virtual Presentation and Q&A on Global Trade, Chinese Art, and Eighteenth-Century America:

For questions about this course, please contact Andrew McPheeters at