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Art and Culture of the Italian Baroque
ARHA 233
Fall 2008
Section: 01  

This introduction to the arts and architecture of seventeenth-century
Italy addresses one of the core paradoxes of the period: that startling
innovation and creativity were not inconsistent with serving the purposes
of patrons and ideologies that at first appear rigid and authoritarian.
Supported by popes, cardinals, new religious orders, and private
collectors, artists and architects such as Caravaggio, Artemisia
Gentileschi, Pietro da Cortona, Gianlorenzo Bernini, and Francesco
Borromini depicted saintly bodies in moments of divine rapture, opened up
painted ceilings to elaborate illusionistic visions, and subjected the
classical language of architecture to unprecedented levels of movement.
Through lectures and discussions of key primary and secondary sources, we
will explore the emotive and ideological power of Baroque art, considering
the multitude of ways in which it shaped the visual, political, and
religious worlds of its day.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: Students will acquire a range of interpretive skills applicable to works of Italian Baroque art and architecture, as well as to those featuring Christian iconography and to classical architecture in general.
Intercultural Literacy: Through exposure to a variety of seventheenth-century primary sources, both visual and textual, students will become familiar with numerous aspects of Italian art and society of the early modern period, many of them still relevant to the cultural landscape of Italy today.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(IDEA-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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