Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Description
Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AHST 3315 Section 001
MW Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Art of the Renaissance

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. We will define the significant contributions made by these artists and their contemporaries, as we study painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 13th-16th centuries. For full interpretation, we will discuss the works within their historical context, paying particular attention to patronage and the rising status of the artist. As reflected in the individual works, we will define the characteristics of the Renaissance, such as humanism and classicism. And we will explain why the Renaissance is one of the most significant periods in the entire history of art: important innovations appeared in both style and iconography, i.e., the development of perspective, increasing realism, and a new emphasis on portraiture and the nude.

Class Format: Slide-illustrated lectures by Dr. Goode, and class discussion of readings and images

Required Texts:

Required Textbooks:

Hartt, Frederick, and David G. Wilkins. History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2011.

Baxandall, Michael. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy. 2d ed.Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.

Recommended Textbooks:

Vasari, Giorgio. The Lives of the Artists. Trans. Julia Conaway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 1991.

Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: Gender, Representation, Identity. Manchester and New York: Manchester UP, 1997.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assigned reading

3 exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, brief essay

Stylistic analysis of a painting from the Italian Renaissance at the Kimbell
Museum. The paper will be approximately 6 pages, and thorough guidelines will be provided.

Research paper, approximately 10 pages. Thorough guidelines will be provided.

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