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Renaissance and Baroque Art History Classes

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ARHS 3330: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
An introduction to Renaissance and Baroque architecture through a focus on the fashioning of religious spaces in Italy from the 15th to 17th centuries. The work of artists and architects such as Bramante, Sangallo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Vasari, Bernini, Borromini, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Guarini and others will be considered. 

ARHS 3331: Art and Culture of the Italian Renaissance
Surveys major artistic developments of the Renaissance (1300-1600), with special attention to the work of Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian and Michelangelo. Includes study of the customs, literature and philosophy of the period through selected readings of primary sources. 

ARHS 3332: Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
Issues to be considered include the dominance of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian in the 16th century; the High Renaissance in Florence and Rome and its aftermath, Mannerism, in Catholic courts across Europe; the development of art history as a discipline in conjunction with the rise of academics, art collecting, and the search for elevated status; and the challenge of women artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola to prevailing notions of creativity.

ARHS 3333: Art and Architecture in Italy
A survey of major monuments in painting, sculpture and architecture through classroom lectures and visits to the actual sites. (SMU-in-Rome) 

ARHS 3335: Renaissance and Baroque Art in Northern Europe
A survey of major artists and monuments in France, Germany and the Low Countries from 1400 to 1700. 

ARHS 3336: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art
An examination of visual culture of the Netherlands during the 17th century as an “art of describing” through the work of such painters as Hals, Vermeer, van Ruisdael and Rembrandt, the major figures of the period.

ARHS 3337: The Baroque from a Northern Perspective
The world of Rembrandt, Rubens, Leyster, Vermeer, Van Dyck, De la Tour, Le Brun, Jones and Wren is explored in this course in the context of such contemporary events as the Thirty Years’ War and the Reformation, as well as such issues as art vs. craft, nationalism vs. internationalism, individual genius vs. market, colourism vs. classicism, collector vs. connoisseur. By considering a broad range of artworks – from tapestry to painting, from etching to architecture – in terms of the maker, patron/ client and market, this survey will seek the underlying whys for this absorbing period. 

ARHS 3339: El Greco to Goya: Spanish Painting of the Golden Age
A survey of the painting traditions of Spain’s 15th through early 19th centuries, including such artists as El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo and Goya. Lectures will be supplemented by direct study of Spanish paintings and prints in the Meadows Museum. 

ARHS 3344: Paintings at the Prado
A study of Spanish paintings at the Prado Museum. Familiarizes students with the most relevant Spanish artists and offers a general European view through differences and affinities between Spain and the rest of the continent. (SMU-in- Spain) 

ARHS 3346: Paris Art and Architecture II
Interweaves an investigation of the development of Paris from the Renaissance to the present with a history of French architecture during this period, revealing the major trends of both and their reciprocal relationship. Takes advantage of the Paris location to visit important monuments, buildings and features of urban design. (SMU-in-Paris) 

ARHS 3347: Eighteenth-Century European Art and Theatre: Staging Revolution
Considers intersections between the visual arts and the theater in Western Europe between 1770 and 1850. In addition to the obvious genres of the actor portrait and the costume piece, students will examine the impact of changing theories of acting, gesture, set design and lighting on Neoclassical, Romantic and Realist art. The case studies around which the class is organized will include the work of Canova, David, Delacroix, Fuseli, Goya, Millais, Reynolds, Vigee- Lebrun and Watteau. 

ARHS 3348: Eighteenth-Century Art
A study of European visual culture, 1700-1800, in its many contexts. Topics to be considered include art and the public sphere; the rise of museums, exhibitions, criticism and theory; shifts in patronage and artistic practice; connections between commerce, industry and the arts; questions of identity; stylistic revivals and innovations; explorations of the past; and encounters with cultures outside Europe. 

ARHS 3349: Hieroglyphs to Hypertext: The Art and History of the Book
Examines the early development and the enduring cultural impact of the book – that is, the physical format of written communication known as the codex, which has dominated the intellectual landscape for the past two millennia. Survey traverses the historical forms of written communication, including cuneiform, hieroglyphs, calligraphy, woodblock and letterpress printing, as well as the new dematerialized forms stored in digital information retrieval technologies. 

ARHS 3399/CFB 3399: The Medieval Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Art and Text
Examines the mutual perceptions, conflicts and commonalities among medieval European Christians and Jews, as reflected in works of visual art and in philosophical, theological, legal and literary texts. 

ARHS 5330: Seminar in Italian Renaissance Art
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 5331: Seminar in Early Modern Art
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 5332: Seminar in Northern Renaissance Art
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 5333: Seminar in 18th-Century Art
Specific topics on 18th-century art and/or architecture chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 5334: Seminar in Italian Art: Rome
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 5340: Seminar in Spanish Art
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 6330: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
An introduction to Renaissance and Baroque architecture through a focus on the fashioning of religious spaces in Italy in the 15th to 17th centuries. The work of artists and architects such as Bramante, Sangallo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Vasari, Bernini, Borromini, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Guarini and others will be considered.

ARHS 6331: Art and Culture of the Italian Renaissance
Major artistic developments of the Renaissance (1300-1600), with special attention to the work of Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian and Michelangelo. Includes study of the customs, literature and philosophy of the period through selected readings of primary sources.

ARHS 6332: Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
Issues to be considered include the dominance of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian in the 16th century; the High Renaissance in Florence and Rome and its aftermath, Mannerism, in Catholic courts across Europe; the development of art history as a discipline in conjunction with the rise of academics, art collecting and the search for elevated status; and the challenge of women artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola to prevailing notions of creativity.

ARHS 6335: Renaissance and the Baroque Art in Northern Europe
Survey of major artists and monuments in France, Germany and the Low Countries from 1400 to 1700.

ARHS 6336: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art
Issues to be considered include the dominance of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian in the 16th century; the High Renaissance in Florence and Rome and its aftermath, Mannerism, in Catholic courts across Europe; the development of art history as a discipline in conjunction with the rise of academics, art collecting and the search for elevated status; and the challenge of women artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola to prevailing notions of creativity.

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