Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Portraiture: Figure, Likeness, and Selfhood
This course will investigate the concept of representing another individual or oneâ€™s self in the visual arts. We will look at concepts of portraiture and self-portraiture across time, from its earliest roots in antiquity through its revival and development in Early Modern Europe and up to more recent conceptions of figure and likeness in modern art. In doing so, we will consider the theoretical, psychological, social, and political aspects of portraiture, with regards to what they communicate about the sitter and shifting notions of selfhood over time. We will alternate studies of individual portraits with readings treating broader conceptions of portraiture, and will spend some of our time concentrating upon works in local collections like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth.
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