Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The transformation in sculpture—both in formal terms and in its social and economic consequences—between the early fourteenth century and the middle of the seventeenth century cannot be overstated. To one side stood Gothic form and artists who, as Ruskin claimed, anonymously and purposefully served the greater spiritual needs of the Church as humble craftsmen. At the other end of the era, an especially successful artist like Michelangelo or Bernini could achieve a status approaching nobility and a wealth and fame unimagined for artists in any earlier period. We will trace this change through looking at the major works of the period, considering medium, patronage, workshop practice, the rediscovery of antiquity, and many other topics. We will especially focus upon site-specific works or ensembles. Artists considered in depth will be: the Pisani, Ghiberti, Rossellino, Agostino di Duccio, the Lombardi, Bandinelli, Cellini, Giambologna, and Tacca, with a special emphasis upon Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini.
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