Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines European painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 17th century, beginning with the foundation of the Baroque in Italy, and traveling to France, Spain, and the Netherlands. We will study masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velazquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, and their contemporaries, explaining their significant contributions in terms of style and subject matter. For full interpretation, we will discuss the works within their historical context, paying particular attention to patronage, the religious milieu, and the social position of the artist. Topics include Protestantism and the Counter-Reformation, the status of women artists, the emergence of the art market, and the increase in genre painting, the still life, and landscape.
Harris, Ann Sutherland. Seventeenth-Century Art and Architecture. 2d ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson, 2008.
Hibbard, Howard. Bernini. London: Penguin Books, 1990.
Brown, Jonathan, and Carmen Garrido. Velazquez: The Technique of Genius. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
3 exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, brief essay
Stylistic analysis of a painting from the Baroque period at the Kimbell Museum or Meadows Museum, circa 6 pages; thorough guidelines will be provided
Research paper, circa 10 pages; topics will be suggested, and thorough guidelines will be provided
pages plus brief presentation for graduate students; topics will be