Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This is an interdisciplinary course which explains the cultural contributions of the Italian Renaissance by examining the connections among art, literature, philosophy, and religion--studied within their historical and political contexts. Covering the 13th-16th centuries, this course explores the dawn of the Renaissance in Pisa, Siena, and Padua, the full flowering of the Renaissance in Florence, and the grandeur of the High Renaissance in Rome and Venice. Artists and architects include Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Titian, Palladio. Readings include selections from Dante, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, Alberti, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Stampa, Vasari. Themes include classicism, humanism, patronage, spirituality, and the Reformation.
Cunningham, Lawrence S., John J. Reich, and Lois Fichner-Rathus. Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities. Vol. 1. 8th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2014.
Matthews, Roy T., and F. Dewitt Platt. Readings in the Western Humanities. Vol. 1. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Three exams focusing on the interrelationships among the arts and humanities in the Italian Renaissance. The exams will consist of slide identifications, brief essays, comparisons, short answer questions, and extra credit.
A critical/interpretive paper analyzing a painting from the Italian Renaissance at the Kimbell Museum and placing it within its historical context. The paper will be circa 8 pages, and thorough guidelines will be provided.
Two in-class group projects that focus on the relevance of the arts and ideas of the Italian Renaissance to today.