Archeology of the Future in the Renaissance Cities|
Fall 2006 not offered
Renaissance Italian humanists were hunting for ruins of buildings as much as for fragments of texts. They invented archeology and philology, two new disciplines to integrate the system of liberal arts. They were architects of an encyclopedia of learning that looked at the past as the source of a globally humanized future. In this course we will focus on works by Petrarch, who reshaped Latin prose and created Italian poetry; pope Pius II, a.k.a. the humanist Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini whose autobiography revolutionized the classical and Christian idea of the self; Lorenzo Valla, who demonstrated on a strictly linguistic basis that the Donation of Constantine was a forgery; Leon Battista Alberti, the prototype of the Renaissance Man, whose reflections on monuments and letters, perspective and craft opened the way to Leonardo and Michelangelo; and finally by Machiavelli, who rethought the radical meaning of political plots.
We will also be looking at different Italian cities (Siena, Rome, Florence, Naples and Milan) and their architectural development.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Petrarch, ITALIAN POEMS AND LATIN LETTERS;
Pius II, MEMOIRS;
Valla, THE FALSELY-BELIEVED AND FORGED DONATION OF CONSTANTINE;
Alberti, excerpts from various works;
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two in-class presentations, one midterm (take-home) exam, one final project (10 pages).