10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Spring 2018
Europe underwent religious, political, social and economic transformations from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. This course examines the ways in which artists and architects in Italy, France, and Spain responded to those intersecting forces, and how their works in turn shaped the cultures of their time. We will study the works of canonical figures such as Caravaggio, Bernini, the Carracci, Velázquez, and Poussin. Topics include: the developing theories of artistic originality and creation; the demands placed on religious art during the Counter Reformation; the creation of a visual culture of the triumphant Catholic Church; the impact of colonial expansion on artistic production. Lectures, discussions, and assignments are designed to help students situate works of art within their historical context and develop the skills of visual analysis, critical reading, and writing.
Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.