Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rosen, Mark
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6315 Section 001
W Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Course Title
Portraiture and Self-Portraiture

Description of Course:

This course will investigate the concept of representing another individual or one’s self in the visual arts. We will look at concepts of portraiture and self-portraiture across time, but we will be especially focused on Early Modern Europe, the time and place when modern conceptions of the self and likeness were first developed and explored in detail. Our course will be aligned with an ongoing project at the Dallas Museum of Art to study a little-known and potentially important late-sixteenth century portrait of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Bianca Cappello, by the Florentine artist Alessandro Allori. During the spring the museum and our class will look closely at the painting, meet curators and scholars who have studied the work, and research related portraits made in Renaissance Italy. Each student will thus do a directed research project that relates to the Allori portrait, with the purpose of learning issues associated with museum studies and curating objects and exhibitions.

Required Texts:

To be announced

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Research paper, short reading responses, class presentation

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