Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rosen, Mark
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6330 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Renaissance Drawings & Prints

Description of Course:

It will be co-taught by Professor Mark Rosen (UTD) and Prof. Mary Vaccaro (UTA),

The course will consider the functions, technique, and circulation of drawings and prints in Early Modern Europe. Beginning with a consideration of the roles drawing played in Renaissance artistic production (notably Vasari’s key concept of disegno), we will trace how the process and meaning of drawing evolved, the role of drawings in artistic training, the use of models (both artworks and live people), and the development of drawing in late Renaissance artistic academies.

At the same time, we will study how the development of the printing press in the mid fifteenth century impacted Renaissance artistic culture through facilitating cheaply produced, widely circulating woodcuts and printed books for popular consumption. We will discuss the types of works that were greatly in demand and the artists who chose to work in the new medium, and how the process and techniques of engraving developed over the first century of print’s existence.

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