Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will consider the painting of the Baroque period from the era of the late maniera (the late sixteenth century) until the time of Rembrandt, focusing on the most important practicioners of the art: the Carracci, El Greco, Caravaggio, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Velazquez, among many others. Although we will look at most countries in Europe, the greatest focus will be placed upon papal Rome, the Habsburg territories in Spain and the Netherlands, and the newly formed Dutch Republic. We will study how the art of the past (antique works as well as those by sixteenth-century masters like Michelangelo and Titian) inspired the art of the period, and we will discuss in detail how painting served served the political, religious, and social concerns of the era.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students in this course are not expected to have a background in any of this material but are expected to bring fresh perspectives to the course. Although it is a lecture class, the readings will also play an important role. Reading responses will be required throughout the semester, as well as a visual analysis of a painting in one of our local museums.