Italian Renaissance Art - Fall 2018
(ART127-1 FA2018)

Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo—recognizable by their first names alone, these artists, as well as an astounding number of other talented artists, emerged in a time of unprecedented flowering of artistic creation in Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Whether in painting, sculpture, or architecture, we will look at the ways in which a renewed interest in Antiquity sparked creativity and innovation and a new (humanist) way of looking at and representing the world. We will examine the emergence and development of a new visual mode of representation in painting—one point perspective—which provided the framework to create an illusionistic “window” onto the world and became one of the hallmarks of Western art. Florence, Rome, and Venice are at the center of our explorations. Throughout, we will consider the historical context and the role of the patron in relation to the artist and the work of art. We’ll take advantage of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Renaissance collections.