ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

ARTH 599-003: Sexuality, Gender & Art
(Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2020

This seminar investigates how the visual arts shaped gender identities and notions of sexuality in early modern Europe. We will consider topics such as: the opportunities and constraints faced by women artists; the female and male bodies as the objects of visual consumption; ideals of masculinity and femininity in portraiture; the archetypes of male and female virtues and vices; and the intersections between issues of gender, race, and social class. Through readings, discussions, and writing assignments, students will examine how gender roles were constructed and naturalized—and sometimes challenged—in Renaissance and Baroque art. This course will be offered as ARTH 440 and 599. Taking the course at the graduate level will require extra work but all students will be expected to fully participate in discussions.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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