ARTH 534 Fall 2012 Renaissance Time

"Once upon a time," noted the historian, Randolph Starn, "the Renaissance set its clocks and calendars to keep modern time." So what time is kept in today's Renaissance? This thematic course proposes an investigation of the subject of temporality and Renaissance art. Our focus will include, but certainly not be limited to, issues of periodization and the role of the Renaissance in historical narratives. We will consider the historical construction of the High Renaissance, for example, but we will also investigate the relationship between early 16th-century conceptions of time (typological, millenarian, etc.) and the visual world. And in addition to thinking about time as internal to works of art, we will consider the temporal implications of the experience of objects. Specific topics will range from the perennial question of the Renaissance individual to newer concerns such as Renaissance anachronism and the emergent global history of the 16th century.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: students' responsibilities will include: preparations for and engaged participation in class discussion, oral reports (and peer responses), and a written term paper of approximately 20 pages
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors
Department Notes: satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
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Class Number: 1805
ARTH534-01(F) SEM Renaissance Time Division 1: Languages and the Arts Stefanie Solum
F 10:00 AM-12:40 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 1805
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