Summer 2010 - 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, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian. This course defines the significant contributions made by these artists and their contemporaries, examining painting, sculpture, and architecture from the 13th through the 16th centuries. The works are discussed within their historical, social, and religious contexts, paying particular attention to patronage and the rising status of the artist. The course explains developments in style and iconography, such as perspective, realism, classicism, and a new emphasis on portraiture and the nude.
Frederick Hartt and David G. Wilkins, History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, 7th ed.
Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, 2d ed.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Assigned reading; two exams conisting of slide identifications and comparisons, with brief essay; stylistic analysis of a painting from the Italian Renaissance at the Kimbell Museum (thorough guidelines will be provided)