COURSE INFO


Credit Hours: 3 -- Contact hours: 45
Course Number: ARTH 372
Department: Art History
Prerequisite: Any study of Classical Art (Greek or/and Roman) will be helpful. The student should have followed an introductory course in the history of western art. The student should be familiar with the stylistic differences between Gothic, Renaissance and Mannerism.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to Early Renaissance Italian Art, focusing mainly on Florence and Venice. The course will explore the relationship between art history and history, and the relationship between art objects and important episodes in political , social and intellectual history.Students will learn a new way to see a work of art as a product and a production of its time. Beginning with the competition for Baptistery doors we will follow the evolution of the discovery of perspective, the rediscovery of classical elements in architecture, painting and sculpture. While the contribution of artists such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo will be discussed in detail, the course will also cover lesser known artists such as Lippi.Pollaiolo, Verrocchio, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Luca della Robbia, Beato Angelico, Andrea del Castagno, Rossellino.
The course will meet twice a week for 1 1/2 hours. The city of Florence is an open-air museum, therefore class times will alternate between in-class slides lecture and on-site walking tours around Florence, its museums, squares and churches. Although class discussion is strongly encouraged, this is primarily a lecture course based upon the visual content of works of art presented by way of projected slides and museum visit.
The course is intended for Liberal Art students and for those who wants to enrich their stay in Florence with a better understanding of the city culture.
Meet the Faculty: Prof. Tiziana Landra
prof Landra at SRISA
Tiziana Landra was born in Milano, Italy and has lived and studied in Italy, Luxembourg and England (UCL). She graduated with honors from the University of Pisa, writing a thesis on the artist Leoncillo Leonardi. She later completed the Scuola di Specializzazione in Art History at the University of Pisa, with a thesis on Frantisek Kupka. She has published critical essays on both Renaissance and Modern Art.

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