ARTH 440: RS: Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTH 440-001: War, Trade, Colonialism
(Fall 2024)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Planetary Hall 212

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Section Information for Fall 2024

In the early modern period (c. 1400 to 1700), European powers encountered cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the contexts of trade, war, colonization, and Christian missions. This seminar explores the impact of the new knowledge and questions generated in these interactions on visual and material culture. A focus will be military clashes and colonial conquest. We will analyze how such acts led to destruction and suppression but also engendered new art forms and appropriations by both the imperial power and the indigenous populations. We will study the circulation of goods (e.g., textiles, ceramics) through complex commercial networks around the globe in this period. Related to this, how the exchange in artifacts shaped artistic production in various regions will be another topic of interest. We will also look at how the European elite, through the practice of collecting, viewed other cultures through the lenses of exoticism, curiosity and exploitation. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines the study of objects, primary sources and recent scholarship on postcolonial theory and cross-cultural exchanges. Weekly readings, discussions, and writing assignments will focus on how images and objects can help us understand the historical conditions in which they were produced and received.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies a particular aspect of Renaissance or baroque art. Topics may be monographic, thematic, or concentrated on the art of a smaller time period or a particular area. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Mason Core (All)
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Topic Varies, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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