Art History in Paris
Paris is more than just a city – it’s a living, breathing museum on a monumental scale. Paris celebrates its history on every boulevard and in every arrondissement. From the 12th-century Notre Dame de Paris to the Musee d’Orsay to the street artists in Montmartre, the opportunity for artistic enrichment is inexhaustible.
The courses offered at NYU Paris are designed to take advantage of the diverse selection of museums and the many styles of architecture. In one course, students focus on the great Gothic cathedrals; in another they study the history of photography in France, beginning in the early 19th century with the invention of the daguerreotype. Another course focuses on the 19th century French art world, drawing on the rich collections of neoclassical, romantic, realist, and impressionist art that can be found in the museums and galleries of Paris. Other courses focus on the cityscape itself. Famed for its commitment to urban planning, Paris is peppered with magnificent monuments, palaces, gardens, and sculptures-all designed to complement the layout of the city.