Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course covers the development of Italian art from the late Gothic period through the Counter Reformation, or (in other words) from Giotto to Tintoretto. The lectures will serve as both an introduction to the major artists of the period as well as to the functions, themes, and patronage behind their most significant works. We will focus on the major urban centers (Florence, Venice, Rome, Siena, Milan) as well as some of the smaller Italian courts (Mantua, Ferrara), each of which had its own distinctive artistic tradition and system of patronage. Among the artists and architects discussed will be: Giotto, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, and Titian. We will also discuss the relevant ancient and medieval background that Renaissance art and architecture grew from. The course will not be just a survey of major works of art, but the culture that created them and the reasons that Italian art and architecture took the forms it did.
Hartt/Wilkins, "History of Italian Renaissance Art" (7th edition)
Vasari, "Lives of the Artists"
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