Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will examine the dynamics of family life and the domestic sphere relative to the production of art in Renaissance Italy. Among our predominant concerns will be issues of gender and representation in the Renaissance: the roles women and men had in society versus those that artistic or literary narratives selected for them. The topics we will discuss include: the festivities and artistic objects surrounding wedding or birth celebrations; the types of artworks made for consumption in the home rather than the church; portraiture of men and women; the layout and disposition of the Renaissance home; the practice and representation of homosexuality; the rise of erotica; and the possibilities open to female artists and female patrons.
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