ARTH 414 Spring 2013 Palladio: His World and His Interpreters

Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) has come to be regarded as the most influential architect in western history, but he began his career as a stonemason in a provincial Italian city. This seminar will trace the contours of his career and his complex legacy. As we study his works in their physical and socio-political contexts, we will consider his humble origins in the stoneyard and later humanist education, his early success in his native city of Vicenza and difficult entry into Venice, and the 1570 publication of The Four Books of Architecture. The seminar will also seek to define the protean term "Palladianism" as we examine the reception, interpretation, and appropriation of Palladio's work by architects and theorists of subsequent centuries, especially in Britain and America. We will use Palladio as a lens to discuss key issues of his day and later periods such as: patronage, politics, and civic identity; ritual and reform in religious architecture; architectural theory and print culture; the villa and the "Palladian landscape"; and the interpretation of antiquity.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class particpation, short reading responses, oral presentation, 15-20-page research paper
Additional Info: may not be taken as Pass/Fail option
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Prerequisites: ARTH 101-102 or ARTH 101 only, if 102 taken at same time
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: 3832
ARTH414-01(S) SEM Palladio & His Interpreters Division 1: Languages and the Arts Johanna Heinrichs
M 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 002 3832
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