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Art History: Italian High and Late Ren Art

ARTH 163 OL1 (CRN: 61761)

3 Credit Hours

About ARTH 163 OL1

Painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts in Italy from 1500 to 1600. High Renaissance, Mannerism, Late Renaissance, and Early Baroque art in Italy. Topics include the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, court cities, foreign rule, and artistic exchanges between Italy and other countries. Prerequisites: ARTH 005 or ARTH 006.



Dates: June 17 - July 12, 2019; Prereqs: ARTH 005 or 006

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Section Description

This online course will survey Italian art and architecture of the sixteenth century, a period that has been called “the season of giants.” These “giants”, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael, revolutionized artistic style and even the conception of “the artist.” We will explore the historical context in which they lived and worked, their patrons, their biographies, and their techniques and materials, in order to better understand the meanings, settings, audiences, receptions and intentions of their art. This course is entirely online and relies on Blackboard. I will post a new module every Monday. The module will contain instructions about what has to be done that week. There are a series of screencast lectures to watch each week, blackboard quizzes about the material, and discussion boards for each week. Some weeks, we will do different sorts of interactive activities as well. In addition to readings, discussions, and quizzes, there are two exams and a research project for this course. See below for details. Your instructions for the week, quizzes, some of your readings, exams, and discussions will take place on Blackboard. The module for each week must be completed by midnight on Thursday. The two exams will be posted on Friday and must be completed by the following Monday. See schedule below. I have also created a class facebook page (ARTH 163 High Renaissance Art). I will post relevant news stories and other tidbits that regard Renaissance art there. You are not obligated to join the group, but it does provide another good way to interact!

Section Expectation

Students will differentiate between the styles, functions, meanings and appearances of Renaissance art in different cities/regions in Italy and in different moments of the century. Students will be able to identify the most significant sociological, political and religious events and movements that took place in the century and determined in some way art and art making of the period. Students will be able to interpret, at least on a beginning level, Italian Renaissance art based on the research they conduct, the readings done, and the material covered in class. Students will be able to describe the types and motivations for patronage during the sixteenth century in Italy. Students will apply their knowledge, critical and visual analytical skills and research skills in the form of a research paper or project on a topic of their choice (see below). Students will read and understand advanced scholarship in Renaissance studies and be able to discuss it. Students will be able to critically analyze texts in terms of their research methods and ideas.


Students’ progress will be monitored with weekly essay quizzes (15% each; 60% total); screencast quizzes (15% total); discussion participation and summaries (15% total); and your object in-depth presentation (10%). Weekly quizzes: The quizzes will be on the material covered in the screencasts and in the readings. Students will have approximately 10 essay questions to answer each week. Screencast quizzes: There are short quizzes to do after each screencast. This is to help reinforce key points and make sure you picked up on what you needed to in the screencast. (You can take the quizzes twice to improve on your initial score, if you wish.) Discussions and Summaries: We will have weekly discussions centered around a specific set of readings, as noted on the course schedule. Students are expected to prepare for those discussions by reading carefully and critically the assigned readings listed for that discussion and each student is responsible for writing a one- to two-page summary of the readings, which s/he will submit to the journal for the discussion (listed by title in Course Materials) in Blackboard. The participation portion of the final grade is determined by the student’s participation in the discussion with insightful comments and questions, preparedness, and quality and quantity of participation. Object in depth presentation: Each student will choose one object to do an in-depth presentation using You should present information about the artist, the patron, the function, and the iconography of the object. A sign up with a list of the objects is posted in a wiki on Blackboard. Please note the due date for your object! Full information is found in the assignment description in the Object in depth folder in Course Materials.




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