The Renaissance in Italy: Art and Culture 1325-1550

The Italian Renaissance brought a new way of looking at the world and influenced European art up to the present day. This course explores developments in the visual arts and architecture as well as the new philosophical and literary ideas that underpinned them.


SUGGESTED READING

  • J.V. Field and Frank A.J.L. James, eds. Renaissance and Revolution: humanists, scholars, craftsmen and natural philosophers in early modern Europe (WEA Library 509 REN)
  • Ernst Gombrich, Norm and Form: studies in the art of the Renaissance (WEA Library 709.03 GOM)
  • Jill Kraye. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (WEA Library 001.309409024 CAM)
  • Linda Murray, The Art of the Renaissance (WEA Library 709.024 MUR)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The background: classical Greece and Rome, Late Gothic art, and Byzantine art
  • The Italian beginning: Giotto’s art and Dante’s Inferno
  • Italy’s society: economics, politics, religion, and support for the arts
  • The new ideas of Humanism and their effect on art and artists
  • Principles of artistic analysis: formal attributes, artistic intent and viewer response
  • The 1400s in Italian art and architecture
  • The High Renaissance in Italy about 1500: from Botticelli to Titian
  • The 16th century end of the Renaissance: Mannerism, Baroque and material life


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Experiencing slides and information about the arts and cultural creations of the Renaissance.
  2. Analysing the arts and architecture in terms of their new artistic principles, as well as in terms of their relationship to philosophy and religion.
  3. Studying excerpts of literature, and also philosophical writings in order to understand Humanism and their ties to the Classical world.
  4. Examining the relationship of the arts to historical and societal studies.
$232 Limited / $209

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