— ART HISTORY & IMAGE STUDIES —
Early Renaissance Art in Italy
ARTH213 FALL 2015 SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS
Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe
An introduction to the art of the Early Renaissance in Italy. Examples of painting, sculpture, architecture, and printmaking produced in Italy between 1200 and 1500 will be examined.
Early Renaissance Art in Italy is a 200-level art history course. It builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in the 100-level introductory survey of art history courses and assumes a certain level of competence in matters concerning basic identification information, visual analysis, and style. As a 200-level course, the focus is on questions of iconography (the study of subject matter and its conventional meaning), iconology (the study of subject matter and its contextual meaning), and symbolism. The aim is to develop an understanding of an artwork’s meaning and purpose in its original cultural context.
Meeting Place and Time
- Pannell 015: Tuesday and Thursdays 3:00-4:15
Frederick Hartt and David G. Wilkins, History of Italian Renaissance Art, 6th edition (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2006)
PLEASE NOTE: The required text is the 6th edition, which is much less expensive than the current 7th edition. Purchase a used or new copy through Amazon or wherever you can find the best price
- ONE RESEARCH PRESENTATION (8-12 pages, written in the form of paper, with footnotes, plus bibliography) presented in class with web-based or PowerPoint images. The presentation will focus on a selected painting (or group of paintings), piece of sculpture (or group of sculptures), or work of architecture (or architectural complex). The aim is to examine issues of iconographical and iconological significance that reach beyond what the textbook has to offer. The information and analysis you provide should serve to enhance our understanding of the topic in question. The paper will be handed in upon completion of the presentation.
- ONE RESEARCH PAPER (10-15 pages, with footnotes, plus bibliography), based upon your Presentation. The paper will be completed under the supervision of your instructor. Final Paper due in my office by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 15
- Active class participation, which includes being prepared for each class, and taking part in discussion
- Presentation = 40%
- Research Paper = 50%
- Participation = 10%
Office and Hours
- Pannell 04: Tuesdays 2:15-3:00 p.m. or by appointment
- phone: 6194
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org