Summer 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AHST 3315 Section 09M
TR Time 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
The Art of the Renaissance

Description of Course:

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. We will define the significant contributions made by these artists and their contemporaries, as we study 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

Required Texts:

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

Baxandall, Michael. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, 2d ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assigned reading

3 exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, and brief essays

Stylistic analysis of a painting from the Italian Renaissance at the Kimbell
Museum. The paper will be approximately 6 pages, and thorough guidelines will be provided.

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