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Art History II

Art History II

Sophia's Art History II course helps you master fundamentals of art history from the Renaissance to modern times. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life. NOTE: Art History I is not a pre-requisite for this course. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: Humanities

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Art History II

Sophia's Art History II course helps you master fundamentals of art history from the Renaissance to modern times. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 15 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 3 Milestone assessments (this are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Describe the basics of art history
  • Recognize movements that have been significant in art history
  • Identify methods used to evaluate artwork
  • Characterize the art and architecture from the Renaissance through modern times
  • Analyze various works of art according to specific criteria
  • Understand the cultural significance of various works of art
  • Recognize characteristics or ways to identify art from different regions of the world

NOTE: Art History I is not a pre-requisite for this course.


68 Student Reviews
by Jennie C. on June 10, 2019
Good course, interesting, not dry material
by Michael B. on September 16, 2019
I very much enjoyed this class. Informative and interesting. Great follow up to Art History I. A note for Ian McConnell, whose video tutorials I particularly enjoy, for his personal enrichment of one particular piece of art. In Challenge 2, Unit 1.2.8, The Feast of Saint Nicholas, you described the scene seemingly not understanding the context. The gifts of a doll for the girl and a birch rod for the crying boy are very appropriate, and quite telling, for the Feast of Saint Nicholas, December 6th. In the cultural tradition of the region, on the 5th of December, the eve of the Feast, children put their shoes outside in expectation of Saint Nicholas filling them with gifts as he visits overnight. If a child has been good, they will receive a gift, i.e. the doll, as a reward for their behavior. If a child has been bad, they will receive a switch, i.e. the birch rod, for their parents to beat them with so they will be better behaved in the new year. Enjoy!
by Sean B. on February 29, 2020
Answers were not aligned with materials in tutorials.
by Marta Z. on May 12, 2019
I really enjoyed this class. Lots of great information. Now, I want to go to Italy to see some of the arts I learned during this class😊 Overall, highly recommend. Thank you Sophia! I wish Sophia had the Bible Studies class available too... I think that was my last course I was be able to complete through Sophia learning system.
by Vania S. on May 18, 2019
Art History I and II gave me a new meaning and love for art. Information was very interesting.
by Stacey G. on April 10, 2019
Being a lover of art and history, this class presented a very interesting overview of recent art and modern art. I also took Art History I which I found fascinating too. If you need electives and love art, take this course.
by Alexis H. on April 3, 2019
This class was great!! I truly enjoyed it like I enjoyed Art History I. I was able to finish this course rather quickly as it was only a few modules. I will say that there were some misspellings with a few of the artist names so you might have to search by either First or Last name only to ensure you have the correct artist. Other than that, I would again love to take another Art History course as I learned a lot and found it rather fun. This makes me want to go to my city's local Art Museum!!!
by Tina W. on April 3, 2019
Pretty easy course. But there is a lot of incomplete questions that would just be cut off so you will have to put two and two together. Good Luck!!


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