Art & Patronage in Renaissance & Baroque Rome
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From 1500 to 1700 Rome was the center of the European art world. The combination of its ancient past as the capital of the Roman Empire and its contemporary position as the capital of the Papal States led to great innovations in art and architecture, which we now call the Renaissance and the Baroque. Individuals, families, and institutions commissioned art to express their beliefs, spirituality, social position, aims, ambitions, and more. This course explores the great paintings, sculptures, buildings, and urban spaces of Rome from the works of Bramante, Michelangelo, and Raphael in the High Renaissance to those of Francesco Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, and Gianlorenzo Bernini in the Baroque, with a particular emphasis on patronage.
In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of art history through formal and iconographic analysis. By studying the social, historical, and cultural contexts of works of art, they also learn about why art was made and what it meant to its creators and contemporaries.
Professor Stephanie Leone, Department of Fine Arts