Course Description

Even the world’s earliest civilizations practiced art collection, and the objects chosen for collections convey meaning about values, wealth, and power. Investigate the global history and evolution of art collecting – the symbiotic relationships of patrons and artists; how objects gain meaning and contribute to cultural legacies; and more.

Learner Outcomes

Understand how collections of objects gain and project meaning.


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