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Art and Culture of the Italian Baroque
ARHA 233
Fall 2009
Section: 01  

This introduction to the arts and architecture of 17th-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)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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