WGSS 449 Fall 2013 Poses & gestures in 17th-century European art

Cross Listed as ARTH449
Art of the 1600s represents a highpoint in artists' ability and interest in conveying "the passions of the soul" through the actions of the body. The range of feelings represented had never been broader than at this time. In the seminar we will distinguish unusual from conventional poses (e.g, melancholy, wonder, musing),track how long the conventional poses had been in use, and differentiate poses and gestures that had unisex use from those that remained gender-specific or preferred. We will also examine which poses, if any, individual artists (e.g., Caravaggio, Artimesia Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, Leyster, Bernini, and Poussin) favored.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two oral reports (5 min. and 20 min.), an 18- to 20-page paper (half due mid-way through the semester, the whole at the end, and class discussion
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Prerequisites: ARTH 102
Enrollment Preference: Art History majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 1334
WGSS449-01(F) SEM Poses & gestures in 17th-c. Division 2: Social Studies Cancelled 1334
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