Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rodriguez-Miaja, Fernando
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6312 Section 001
W Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
The Global Baroque

Description of Course:

This course offers an introduction to the baroque, from a global perspective and not only as an artistic style. Many works of art, in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West, from the XVII and XVIII centuries, will be studied, with particular focus on their historical and social contexts. Sources of the baroque and current trends will also be analyzed.

Class Format: Slide-illustrated lectures presented by the instructor, with class discussion of readings and images.

Course Objectives: The goal of this course is to inspire a better appreciation of the impact of the baroque. The methodological approach will be based in the History of Art, Science and Technology. Students will learn to identify what baroque is and what it is not; to reflect on the importance of the baroque in the context of Social Sciences; to study the baroque from different social perspectives; to evaluate the major works of art produced within the historical context; to discuss the significance of these works; to promote the aesthetics of the baroque in current set of values; to define the dominant artistic characteristics of this period; to identify the styles of individual artists; and to review the general characteristics of different regional examples.

Fernando E. Rodriguez-Miaja

Areas or Specialization:
Mexican colonial art, baroque and neobaroque art, translation

PhD, Art History, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 1995
MS, Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1978
BS, Chemical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 1975

Professional Accomplishments:
Fernando E. Rodriguez-Miaja links his wide experience in the business environment (management, planning, and marketing) with a strong academic background in both the arts and sciences. His research emphasizes the relationship between heritage conservation and the social sciences. In the field of humanities, he has published four books: El lado oscuro del barroco: La efimera ostentacion del poder entre diversos grupos del Mexico virreinal (2012); Juan Tinoco, gloria de la pintura poblana (2004); Un destello en la noche de los tiempos: Vida y obra de Diego de Borgraf (2001); Una cuestion de matices: Vida y obra de Juan Tinoco (1986).

Rodriguez-Miaja has also lectured on many workshops on educational issues. In addition to his scholarly activities, his interests include the study of history of religion, cultural history and foreign languages (French, Classical Latin, Japanese and Sanskrit). He is certified as a translator of specialized (legal and political) texts, English-Spanish (UNAM, 2011).

Dr. Rodriguez-Miaja received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1975. He received his MS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He received his PhD in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1995. He has been a faculty member at the Universidad Pontificia de Mexico, the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico and at the Facultad de Ciencias Políiicas y Sociales de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Required Texts:

Wolfflin, Heinrich, Renaissance and Baroque (originally published in German, 1888), London, Collins-The Fontana Library (translated by Kathrin Simon), 1964.

Buci-Glucksmann, Christine, Baroque Reason and the Aesthetics of Modernity, London & Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 1994.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

One in-class presentation (selected from all the topics covered in the course)40%
Ten one-page topic reports (selected from all the topics covered in the course)40%
Two one-page reading reports (from each of the required textbooks) 20%

Note: Extra points will be awarded for class participation

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