Renaissance Art in Europe
This course provides a survey of art created in Renaissance Europe between 1400 and 1600. Students are introduced to a wide range of painting, sculpture, architecture, printed imagery and material culture. We examine the Renaissance’s more famous artists, in addition to lesser-known individuals whose achievements help us to better understand the diverse forms and uses for art. Topics of interest include the revival of classical antiquity, power and political propaganda, death and the afterlife, gender and sexuality, religious difference, and the changing status of the artist. While focused primarily on Europe, the course situates artistic production within a framework of global interactions and colonial encounters.