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A survey of Italian art from Giotto to Michelangelo. This course will follow a chronological framework, giving students a grounding in the development of Italian art over the course of the 14th-16th centuries, but will also take a thematic approach that will allow us to delve into important art historical issues. Some, such as historical consciousness and the relationship to the past, or the reinvention of the idea of the artist and of art itself, will be important as we construct a critical understanding of the idea of “renaissance,” or “rebirth,” long central to the identity of the period. Others, such as gender, patronage, power, naturalism, and the materiality of objects, will bring us deep into the worlds in which these dazzling and still powerful works of art were originally created and experienced.
Format: seminar; The format of this hybrid course will depend upon student enrollment, but the goal is to have a robust in-person component. Class time will be a combination of lecture segments and seminar discussions, with a mid-semester interlude of tutorial-style meetings.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
2 Quizzes, 2 Essays, Final Take-Home Exam
ARTH majors and students interested in the ARTH major
ARTH pre-1800 Courses