Eloquent Forms: Topics in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture|
Early modern Italy was a site of vibrant and wide-ranging innovations in the field of plastic arts. Fueled by fierce competition, financed by extravagant expenditures, and created for a range of religious, commemorative, and decorative functions in both public and private realms, the sculptural medium reached a pinnacle of creative expression, material experimentation, and theoretical engagement in this period. From monumental urban commissions such as fountains to small-scale precious objects sought out by the wealthy collectors, sculptural works profoundly shaped the visual worlds of early modern Italy. This seminar on the making and meaning of sculpture in the Renaissance and Baroque periods will engage students with the works and careers of several key artists of the era, including Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Andrea del Verrocchio, Niccolò dell'Arca, Francesco Laurana, Properzia de'Rossi, Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna, Leone Leoni, Gianlorenzo Bernini, and Alessandro Algardi, among others. Seminar readings and discussions will be structured around broad themes such as: making and viewing of early modern sculpture; rhetoric of sculptural materials; verisimilitude and sculptural animation; sculpture and the senses; fragmentation and the "non-finito"; touch, desire, and the nude; representations of force and violence; antiquarianism and sculpture collecting; tombs and sculptural commemoration; and monsters and monstrosity in garden sculpture.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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1. Students will read a variety of primary sources, book chapters, and journal articles by scholars such as Leonard Barkan, Katherine Bentz, Amy Bloch, Andrew Butterfield, Michael Cole, Kathleen Christian, Maarten Delbeke, C.D. Dickerson, Frank Ferenbach, David Freedberg, Megan Holmes, Geraldine Johnson, Joy Kenseth, Jeanette Kohl, Irving Lavin, Claudia Lazzaro, Estelle Lingo, Alison Luchs, Sarah McHam, Carolina Mangone, Jennifer Montagu, Luke Morgan, John Paoletti, Adrian Randolph, Luke Syson, Joris van Gastel, William Wallace, Genevieve Warwick, Daniel Zolli, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
1.Discussion and in-class presentations of the readings; oral research presentation; 18-page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
1. This class includes a mandatory 10-day trip to Florence and Rome over Spring Break (March 10-21) to visit sites and museums and see works of art in person. The Italy trip will replace some of the seminar meetings after break.
2. Students who take this Course-Embedded Experiential Learning (CEEL) course will be charged a program fee for the required travel during Spring Break. Students receiving full financial aid (with Expected Family Contribution [EFC] up to 25% of the cost of attendance) will have their program fee fully waived; students receiving no financial aid (EFC of 100%) will be charged $3,000; and charges for students whose EFC is between 25% and 100% will be based on a sliding scale from $1,000 to $2,000. Details are available from the Office of Study Abroad.
3. For more information, please attend the Study Abroad Fair on September 7. You may also speak with Prof. Aksamija during her office hours (Tuesdays, 10:30-12 or by appointment) in Boger 308.
4. The deadline for student applications is October 1. Short interviews will be held on October 2-16. Apply here: wesleyan-study-abroad.via-trm.com/program_brochure/18317
5. Preference will be given to junior and senior ARHA, ARST, and ITAL majors and minors. Sophomores with a strong background in art and art history and/or Italian who intend to declare one of these majors are also encouraged to apply.
|Instructor(s): Aksamija,Nadja Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 12
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