Baroque Rome: Creativity and Coercion|
Fall 2006 not offered
This history seminar (with an interdisciplinary aspect) focuses on a famous city at an especially conflicted moment in its history, one of intense religious rigor and brilliant creative expression. This is the Rome of Giordano Bruno, Beatrice Cenci, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Galileo Galilei among others. Their Rome between 1550 and 1650 was the setting for major cultural advances in the arts and in science. It was the scene of inventive new schemes in social and spiritual compassion. Yet the papal capital in these same decades also pioneered new methods of repression and ferociously suppressed non conformity. We will explore these contradictions and their impact on cultural innovation in Baroque Rome by looking both at this distinctive urban community and some of its most celebrated individuals.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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E. Cohen & T. Cohen, WORDS AND DEEDS IN RENAISSANCE ROME
M. Finocchiara, ed., THE GALILEO AFFAIR: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
F. Hammond, MUSIC AND THE SPECTACLE IN BAROQUE ROME
F. Haskell, PATRONS AND PATRONAGE: ART AND SOCIETY IN BAROQUE ROME
I. Magnuson, ROME IN THE AGE OF BERNINI
C. Ricci, BEATRICE CENCI
K. Stow, THEATER OF ACCULTURATION: THE ROMAN GHETTO IN THE 16TH CENTURY
Relevant articles by historians and art historians.
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Short bi-weekly papers on assigned reading; one 8-10 page research paper and oral report.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation in class discussion required.
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