2017 - 2018

  Dress and Nudity in the Greek and Roman Art: Representing Identities  
Yael YoungMexico - Arts120 Tue1600-1800 Sem  2
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

In the course, we discuss issues of dress and nudity in the Classical period in the broad sense, that is, in Greek, Hellenistic and Roman art, including the transition to Christianity.

The course focuses on visual images of these ancient civilizations depicting dressed and naked figures. The term 'dress' in this context refers to any item that is placed on the body (clothes, jewelry, footwear), and any change, temporary or permanent, of the body (changes in hair, skin, shape of the body). Dress is perceived as a means of non-verbal communication revealing a variety of identities such as sex and gender, age and social status, role and profession.

The course employs a multidisciplinary approach to the study of dress and nudity. We will discuss important theoretical texts in the discipline of Dress studies. We will identify and recognize various dressing items and their meaning in a specific cultural context. We will also discuss the history of clothing and textiles. Works of art are central to the discussion but in addition we will discuss other sources related to the topic of dress, such as ancient texts and archaeological finds.

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