Italian Renaissance Art

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Date(s) - 03/29/2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Course Title:  Italian Renaissance Art

Dates:  March 8, 15, 22, 29

Time:  3-5pm

Location:  virtual

Course Fee: $20

Objectives:  Escape from covid-19 burnout and (virtually) soak up beautiful art in sun-drenched Italy. We will explore the Renaissance art world from its first stirrings to its full expression, focusing on household names like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, as well as the experience of women and others. If you’ve always wanted to know more about art history, this survey is a wonderful introduction to this time period.

Course structure:  The course will be given in _4__ sessions, each _120 (with breaks)__ minutes long, covering the following topics:

The Renaissance is famous for producing visionary artists, but how did this flowering of cultural energy come to take place—and was it really as revolutionary as its press agents made it out to be? We will begin by exploring the early days of the Renaissance in the context of medieval art, followed by the incredibly influential rediscovery of ancient Greco-Roman art and literature. We’ll spend time with artists like Giotto, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, discussing not just painting but architecture, sculpture and music, and the complex culture of patronage that supported all these people. We will also devote time to often-overlooked female artists, like Sofonisba Angouissola, Plautilla Nelli and Artemisia Gentileschi, and touch upon the experience of black, brown and non-Christian people in the period. Finally, we’ll situate their stories in the larger political, cultural and geographical framework of the time, offering a glimpse not only into the art world but the streets in which the artists once walked.

Requirements: There are no required readings, but if students are interested in reading an introductory text, I’m recommending Renaissance Art: a very short introduction by Geraldine Johnson. (Optional)

Instructor: Callie Bates has a BA minor in art history, and has intensively studied the Italian Renaissance (specifically Leonardo da Vinci). While she is not an expert in this topic, she is a knowledgeable “armchair” enthusiast who has spent time in the Renaissance for years and visited Italy twice, and she’s excited for you to learn along with her. In addition, she is an author, harpist and certified harp therapist, and sometimes artist.