Art and Art History 198. Experimental Courses
Introduction to Renaissance Italian Art
This introductory course is meant to give students a survey of the arts in the Italian peninsula from the 13th century to the 18th century. The class will present a variety of works in diverse media made during what is commonly called the Renaissance. We will explore architecture, paintings, and sculptures by analyzing the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which they were produced. At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss early modern Italian art and to understand the particular concepts that drove artistic productions. Students will also learn the foundations of art historical methods and vocabulary; they will deploy these tools to analyze the works examined in class. Though the course is structured around lectures, students are strongly encouraged to bring their own comments and questions to class. No previous knowledge of art history is required.
In this introductory survey, we will study the evolution of Western architecture from the period of the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century. Examining the technological, political and social contexts of selected movements, we will consider the ways the built environment has reflected modern society’s greatest aspirations as well as its deepest anxieties.