This class focused on a series of readings and case studies highlight ways that notions of seeing and visual technologies have figured in key (art) historical scholarship on early modern Europe. The course examined the historical implications of taking serious account of the visual, and the art historical implications of historicizing vision and visual culture. It investigated how the disciplines of history and art history and their methods have been brought to bear on one another.
Readings covered different types of visual objects as well as a range of topics, such as imagery in the context of religious devotion, Reformation propaganda, nascent nation-building, and scientific exploration.
Aimed towards understanding the changing status of image in an age of mechanical reproduction.