Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Rosen, Mark
Discipline and Number
AHST 2331 Section HN1
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Understanding Art

Description of Course:

This course is available only to students in the CV Honors Program. Registration is through Julia Kacergis only.

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. Each week will alternate lectures with discussion; students will regularly be required to present artworks and readings. 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. Students are not expected to have much background in this material, but to experience it for the first time through close looking, attentive reading, and exploring the Renaissance works held in our local museums.

Required Texts:

Hartt/Wilkins, "History of Italian Renaissance Art," volume 7
Vasari, "Lives of the Artists"
Alberti, "On Painting"
Baxandall, "Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy"
Brucker, "Giovanni and Lusanna"

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly reading journals; in-class presentations; visual-analysis paper; essay exams

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