HISTART 250 - Italian Renaissance Art
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Italian Renaissance visual art surfaces in the news media and in contemporary culture in spectacular ways. In 2018 a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci sold on the art market for an astonishing 450 million dollars. The Piazza San Marco in Venice appears in news footage underwater, the city said to be sinking and its fragile lagoon ecosystem threatened by colossal cruise ships. In this course, we take this evidence of the enduring visibility and relevance of Italian Renaissance art as a starting point for an in-depth survey of the period of art, 1300-1550. We examine how the works of artists like Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as so important in the history of art and valuable as cultural artifacts. Why, even within the artists' lifetimes, was their art consider to signal the "rebirth" of painting and sculpture and what Michelangelo called "the divine"? But we also take these celebrated practitioners off their pedestals and apply a contextual approach to the principal Renaissance monuments— Giotto's Arena Chapel, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Leonardo's Mona Lisa, Michelangelo's David, and Sistine Chapel Ceiling, among other works. Connectivity between Italy and other European and global regions is explored through the circulation of artists, works of art, artistic technologies, and materials. The assignments include a 6-7 page paper and two examinations. Attendance of the lectures and the weekly section is required.

HISTART Distribution Requirements: Europe and the US, Early Modern

Course Requirements:

  • Paper: "Looking Assignment" based on a work of art in UMMA, 6-7 pages (25%)
  • In-class midterm exam (30%)
  • Take-home final exam (30%)
  • Attendance, section participation, submission of reading outlines (15%)

Intended Audience:

Anyone welcome

Class Format:

Two 80-minute lectures + one section meeting per week

Schedule

HISTART 250 - Italian Renaissance Art
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
20535
Open
49
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
20551
Open
12
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
27423
Open
17
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
20552
Open
20
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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