HISTART 260 - European Painting and Sculpture of the Seventeenth Century
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the vital, many-facetted visual culture of seventeenth century Europe with particular focus on the pictorial and plastic arts. Lectures will consider the extraordinary achievements of such well-known figures as Caravaggio, the Carracci, Artemisia Gentileschi, Bernini, Velázquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, as well as other visually interesting but less familiar works by their contemporaries. We will be looking not only at painting and sculpture, but also at some architecture, drawings, prints, maps, and book illustrations, in order to glimpse some of the many ways in which visual culture operated in the seventeenth century. Lectures and readings are designed to show the place of art within scientific inquiry, religious practices, politics, cultural encounter, social and economic life.

The principal goals of this course are:

  1. to familiarize you with key artistic achievements of the period
  2. to situate these works within their historical circumstances
  3. to help you develop skills of visual and historical analysis.
Requirements include informed participation in discussion sections, a midterm test, a final examination, and a short paper. Category for Concentration Distributions: D. Europe and the United States, 3. Early Modern

Textbooks/Other Materials: pdfs of all readings are on CTools; there is an optional textbook

Course Requirements:

two visual tests with IDs and specific questions for short essays (20% of total grade for the midterm, 30% for the final); 7-8 page paper concentrating on visual analysis (30%); class participation, including pop quizzes (20%).

Intended Audience:

undergraduates with little or no art history background

Class Format:

two one-hour lectures and one one-hour section per week

HISTART 260 - European Painting and Sculpture of the Seventeenth Century
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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All required readings are pdfs on CTools. The textbook is optional, not mandatory, and a copy is available on Reserve, Fine Arts Library. The first edition has fewer color reproductions.
ISBN: 0136033725
Seventeenth-century art & architecture, Author: Ann Sutherland Harris., Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall 2nd ed. 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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