— ART HISTORY & IMAGE STUDIES —

ARTH 341 SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS

Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe


The New Art of the Renaissance in Italy

August 30 Introduction


Giovanni d'Alemagna, Saint Apollonia Destroys a Pagan Idol, c. 1442/1445. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

DISCUSSION: Transitions

REQUIREMENTS

Questions about the Renaissance in Italy

Lorenzo Ghiberti on the Destruction of Art

Giorgio Vasari on the Destruction of Art (page 5)

Renaissance Art (Wikipedia)
Italian Renaissance Painting (Wikipedia)
Medieval Art (Wikipedia)
Byzantine Art (Wikipedia)


September 6 Art and Antiquity


Nicola Pisano, Fortitude / Hercules / Daniel, 1259-1261. Pulpit, Baptistery, Pisa

DISCUSSION: Ancient statues

READING:
Lorenzo Ghiberti, excerpt from his "Commentaries"
Vasari, Andrea Mantegna on ancient statues. Lives, page 244
Vasari, Preface to the Third Part of the Lives, page 279

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Richard Krautheimer, Lorenzo Ghiberti (Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1956): Cochran Library NB 623 .G45 K7

Lorenzo Ghiberti, I Commentarii (Julius von Schlosser, 1912)
The Renaissance Rediscovery of Antiquity (Heilbrunn Timeline)

SHORT REPORTS 1: Antiquity
1 Vasari: Cimabue, 7-14: Jessie
2 Vasari, Simone Martini, 37-42: Cassie
3 Vasari, Duccio di Buoninsegna, 43-44: Caitlin


September 13 Art and Nature


Giotto, Flight into Egypt, 1304-1306. Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel, Padua

DISCUSSION: Learning from Mother Nature

READING:
Giotto and Nature
The Renaissance Concept of Nature

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Mary Garrard, Brunelleschi’s Egg: Nature, Art, and Gender in Renaissance Italy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010): Randolph College 709.024 G23b 2010 see also here

Natura naturans (Wikipedia)
Natura naturata (Wikipedia)

SHORT REPORTS 2: Nature (+ Antiquity)
1 Vasari: Jacopo della Quercia, 59-65: Jessie
2 Vasari, Luca della Robbia, 66-73: Cassie
3 Vasari, Paolo Uccello, 74-83: Caitlin


September 20 Proportion and Perspective


Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, c. 1490. Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice

DISCUSSION: Proportion & Perspective

READING:
Proportion
Number and Measure
Perspective

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Body Proportions (Wikipedia)
Leonardo's Anatomical Studies (Web Gallery of Art)
Aesthetic Canon (Wikipedia)
Symmetrical Portraits (Huffington Post)
Proportion (architecture) (Wikipedia)

SHORT REPORTS 3: Proportion (+ Antiquity + Nature)
1 Vasari: Lorenzo Ghiberti, 84-100: Jessie
2 Vasari, Masaccio, 101-109: Cassie
3 Vasari, Donatello, 147-162: Caitlin


September 27 Art and Artists


Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait at an Easel, 1556. Lancut Museum, Poland

DISCUSSION: Talent, Creativity, Genius

READING:
The Artist in the Renaissance
The Rise of the Artist
The New Ideal of the Artist
Genius and Madness
The Artist's Nature
Michelangelo on the subject of Italian and Flemish Painting

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Bruce Cole, The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian (New York: Harper and Row, 1983): Cochran Library N6370 .C56 1983

Rudolph Wittkower and Margot Wittkower, Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists (New York: Random House, 1963): Cochran Library N71 .W54

Bruce Cole, Italian Art, 1250-1550: The Relation of Renaissance Art to Life and Society (New York: Harper and Row, 1987): Randolph College 709.45 C68i 1987

SHORT REPORTS 4: Talent (+ Antiquity + Nature + Proportion)
1 Vasari: Piero della Francesca, 163-168: Jessie
2 Vasari: Domenico Ghirlandaio, 210-223: Cassie
3 Vasari: Sandro Botticelli, 224-231: Caitlin


October 4 The Business of Painting


Domenico Ghirlandaio, Adoration of the Magi (detail), 1488-89. Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence

DISCUSSION: The Conditions of Trade

READING:
Baxandall, Part 1 "The Conditions of Trade" pages 1-27

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Giovanni Rucellai (Wikipedia)
Domenico Ghirlandaio
Andrea Mantegna
Piero della Francesca
Sandro Botticelli
Filippino Lippi
Pietro Perugino

SHORT REPORTS 5: Business (+ Antiquity + Nature + Proportion + Talent)
1 Vasari: Andrea del Verrocchio, 232-241: Jessie
2 Vasari, Andrea Mantegna, 242-249: Cassie
3 Vasari, Pietro Perugino, 256-267: Caitlin


October 11
October 18
October 25
The Period Eye


Domenico Veneziano, Annunciation (detail), c. 1445. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

DISCUSSION: The Period Eye

READING:
Baxandall, Part 2 "The Period Eye" pages 29-108
Period Eye (Wikipedia)

FULL REPORTS 1
1 Baxandall, Nos. 1–4 (pages 29-45): Jessie
2 Baxandall, Nos. 5–6 (pages 45-71): Caitlin
3 Baxandall, Nos. 7–9 (pages 71-93): Cassie

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Gentile da Fabriano
Pietro Perugino

Fra Filippo Lippi
Alesso Baldovinetti
Fra Angelico
Sandro Botticelli
Andrea Mantegna
Pinturicchio and Scene from the Odyssey
Masaccio
Vittore Carpaccio


November 1
November 8
November 15
Leon Battista Alberti and the New Theory of Art


Leon Battista Alberti, La Pittura (title page), Published by Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari in Venice in 1547

DISCUSSION: Surfaces, Visual Rays, Painting

READING:
Alberti, On Painting
Vasari: Leon Battista Alberti, 178-184
Leon Battista Alberti (On Painting: English text)

FULL REPORTS 2
1 Alberti, Book I: Jessie
2 Alberti, Book II: Cassie
3 Alberti, Book III: Caitlin

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Leon Battista Alberti
Filippo Brunelleschi
Brunelleschi's perspective experiment
Alberti's Perspective
One-point linear perspective
Zeuxis, and in Pliny
Apelles
Calumny of Apelles (Botticelli)
Lucian, Slander
John White, The Birth and Rebirth of Pictorial Space (London: Faber and Faber, 1957): Cochran Library NC750 .W48 1957


THANKSGIVING


November 29
December 6
From the High Renaissance to Mannerism


Agnolo Bronzino, Noli me tangere, 1561. Louvre Museum, Paris

DISCUSSION: Mannerist Art

READING:
Vasari, Preface to the Third Part of the Lives, 277-283
Vasari, Leonardo da Vinci, 284-298
Vasari, Raphael, 305-338
Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, 345-358
Vasari, Pontormo, 394-413
Vasari, Michelangelo, 414-488

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:
Leonardo da Vinci
Raphael
Michelangelo
Pontormo
Parmigianino
Agnolo Bronzino
Giorgio Vasari


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