AH 215 - History of Paris in Art and Architecture
This class retraces the major steps in the evolution of the city of Paris through art and architecture. Particular attention is paid to the Second Empire and the major urban planning programs conducted by the Baron Haussmann in the 19th century, which gave the capital its current form and style. Students will study architecture related to urban planning, the new Parisian lifestyle, as well as modernity and modernization of the city. Questions of style will be put into context and paralleled with the major artistic movements of the times. In order to illustrate these changes and the history of Paris, we will visit the most famous museums such as the Louvre and the Musée d’art moderne. We will discover Paris with its monuments illustrated by the impressionist painters as well as art and architecture of the Modern times.