Seventeenth Century European Art - Dr. Carla Puppin
(17th C. Art (Fall 2017))

Seventeenth Century European Art - Dr. Carla Puppin 


Fall 2017 M/W 1:30-2:50 pm


The seventeenth century is one of the most dynamic in Western art. From Peter Paul Rubens’s exuberant depictions of kings and queens to the silence of Vermeer’s interior spaces of domestic life, the variety in art in this century in Europe is extraordinary. As we study works of art, we will consider the ways in which historical and social contexts affect the making of art. We will consider patronage as well—who chooses what an artist paints or sculpts? Trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will give students the opportunity to study and analyze specific works, ranging from contemplative still life paintings to dramatic history paintings. There will also be a trip to the “Cast Hall” in the private student studio area of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
The goals of this course are to introduce the student to key works of seventeenth century artists within a larger historical and cultural framework, utilizing various approaches to understanding and interpreting works of art. Students will develop their skills in “looking” and in writing about art through first-hand experience.