Summer 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AHST 3315 Section 09M
TR Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
The Art of the Renaissance

Description of Course:

Course Description: Many of the world’s greatest artworks were produced during the Renaissance in Italy, the age of Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Titian. In this course we will define the significant contributions made by these artists and their contemporaries, as we study the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 13th-16th centuries. For full interpretation, we will discuss the works within their historical context, paying particular attention to patronage and the rising status of the artist. As reflected in the individual works, we will define the characteristics of the Renaissance, such as humanism and classicism. And we will explain why the Renaissance is one of the most significant periods in the entire history of art: important innovations appeared in both style and iconography, i.e., the development of perspective, increasing realism, and a new emphasis on portraiture and the nude.

Class Format: Slide-illustrated lectures by Dr. Goode, and class discussion of readings and images Course Objectives: Students will learn: to identify the major works of art and architecture produced in the Italian Renaissance; to discuss the art historical significance of these works; to define the dominant characteristics of the Italian Renaissance; and to identify the styles of individual artists. The museum paper provides students with the opportunity to experience artworks firsthand, and to analyze and critically respond to them based on a synthesis of information learned in the course.

Course Prerequisites: One of the following: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331, ARTS 1301

Required Texts:

Frederick Hartt and David G. Wilkins, History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, 7th edition (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2011)

Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, 2d edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988)

Readings from primary sources, listed on the course calendar.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assigned reading

3 exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, brief essay

Stylistic analysis of a painting from the Italian Renaissance at the Kimbell
Museum, circa 6 pages; thorough guidelines will be provided.

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