ARTH 418 Fall 2013 Myths of Venice: Art and Architecture in a Renaissance City

The Most Serene Republic of Venice perceived itself as unique because of its manmade aqueous environment, stable government and social order, and tradition of mercantile and cultural ties to the Byzantine Empire and the Levant. The Venetian Renaissance, too, distinguished itself from parallel cultural developments in Central Italian cities like Florence and Rome such that it complicates the very notion of "rebirth." This seminar investigates the society and culture of Venice in the sixteenth century through the lens of its art, architecture, and urbanism. We will examine public, private, urbanistic, and ecclesiastical commissions by Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Sansovino, and Palladio, among others. In doing so, we consider how these artists and architects together with the Venetian state and individual patrons collectively fashioned an image for and of the city, one that perpetuated the so-called Myth of Venice. The course assesses the validity of the term Renaissance for Venice and the claim for Venice┬┐s uniqueness, and explores the ways in which the city itself can be understood as a work of art.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: reading responses, leading class discussion, development of a research project culminating in an oral presentation and 15-20-page paper
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Prerequisites: ARTH 101-102
Enrollment Preference: Art majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ARTH pre-1800 Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 2008
ARTH418-01(F) SEM Myths of Venice Division 1: Languages and the Arts Johanna Heinrichs
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 002 2008
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