Art and Art History 244. Baroque Art
This course surveys a selection of the arts in Italy from the middle of the sixteenth century to circa 1750. The works of major artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Gentileschi, Borromini, and the Carracci brothers are examined and contextualized within their political, social, religious and economic settings. A special emphasis is put on Rome, though Florence and Venice are discussed in relation to courtly productions and to the Grand Tour. Close attention to individual styles is emphasized in lectures, readings and class discussion. The class also looks at the intersections of art and science, and the ways in which the interest in the marvelous and the curious took visual forms during a time when questioning the supremacy of divine creation was prevalent.