ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History

ARTH 599-005: Creating Value: Making and Selling Art in Early Modern Europe
(Fall 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Art & Design Building L008

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Section Information for Fall 2021

What makes a work of art “valuable”?  How does the cultural and social significance of a work relate to its price?  How did artists carve out niches in a growing art market by generating distinctive products?  This seminar examines concepts of value in the art of Early Modern Europe by addressing these questions.  We will examine the historical conditions that made possible for a wider spectrum of the population to purchase works of art.  We will then consider how individuals constructed social identities through artistic consumption in this period.  We will also investigate how artists such as Mantegna, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian negotiated the system of patronage in Renaissance Italy.  Working for prominent families in the communes and the noble courts, they created works that communicated specific artistic, cultural, and political values to a diverse audience.  This period saw the rise of a market for finished works of art in parts of Europe.  Focusing on Netherlandish artists such as the Brueghel family, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, we will explore how artists adopted different creative and marketing strategies in an increasingly complex market.  This course will also ask how the production of copies, spin-offs, and forgeries can, paradoxically, tell us about the changing value of originality in this period.

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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.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
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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