COURSE INFO

Instructor: Dr. Maureen Quigley
Credit Hours: 3 -- Contact hours: 45
Course Number: TBA
Department: Art History
Prerequisite:  None

This course addresses the rise of great patrons of the arts in Florence, whether members of powerful banking families, the nobility, the Church, or confraternities.  These social leaders influenced not only the visual culture of the Florentine landscape, but also the broader European Renaissance.  Students will learn about the artists, architects, philosophers and patrons behind Florentine palace culture and art of the public sphere through works of art by Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, Donatello, and others.
Through studying primary documentation (in translation), and examining the commission of artworks from a viewpoint of visual, social and economic history, students will better understand the influences on the Florentine art market and gain insights into contemporary art patronage.  
Meet the Faculty: Dr. Maureen Quigley
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Maureen Quigley has a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters Degree from Syracuse University.  Her area of specialty is 14th-century patronage of the arts and court culture.  She has recently published on art patronage and persuasion in crusades manuscript illumination.  She is currently the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Chair of the Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis and teaches classes in ancient and medieval art and design.
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