Summer 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Many of the world's greatest artworks were produced during the Renaissance in Italy, the age of Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Titian. This course explains the significant contributions made by these artists and their contemporaries, as we study the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 13th-16th centuries. For full interpretation, the works will be discussed within their historical context, paying particular attention to patronage and the rising status of the artist.
The course defines the major characteristics of the Reniassance, such as humanism and classicism, and explains why the Reniassance is one of the most significant periods in the entire history of art: important innovations appeared in both style and iconograpy, i.e., the development of perspective, increasing realism, and a new emphasis on portraiture and the nude.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
--3 exams, consisting of slide identifications and comparisons, with brief essay;
--Stylistic analysis of a painting from the Italian Renaissance at the Kimbell Museum, circa 6 pages (thorough guidelines will be provided)