History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 344: Baroque Art in Italy, France, and Spain, 1600-1750

ARTH 344-001: Faith, Power, Spectacle: Baroque Art of Italy, France, and Spain
(Spring 2018)

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.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, and Poussin. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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