Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Art History


Art and Art History 243. Early Modern Spaces

This course examines various spaces in Italy and France from circa 1400 until circa 1700. The students look at private residences such as palazzi and castles in terms of architecture, patronage, and domestic productions. The class determines the parameters of an established gendered space and the components of a socially constructed space. In addition, the course addresses the impact of urban public structures on politics and culture, as well as the drive behind the establishment of villas outside of city centers. From the gardens of Bomarzo to studioli and to the Chäteau de Chenonceau, this class pays close attention to aesthetic decisions contextualized within political, religious, economic and social settings.