Why are some works of art referred to as masterpieces? Why do some objects end up in museums and others don't? Who determines the worth or value of an art object? How does art become famous? By exploring these questions and other issues through a series of case studies, this First-Year Seminar will also serve as an introduction to the history of art as we will look at monuments that complement those covered in the textbook.

Image credit: Picasso, Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas, 11’6” x 25' 6.” Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.