ARTH 09 — Great Artistic Rivals: Catalysts for Creativity
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 5—Aug 2
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 18
Instructor(s): Bruce Elliott
Jul 5—Aug 2
Over the centuries, what has inspired great art? A key catalyst has been competition—where the brilliance of a grand master drew forth the very best work from his challengers. In each class session, we will highlight the rivalry and contrast the temperament and technique of two towering giants of five different ages. We will begin with the youthful Raphael going up against Michelangelo in Rome of the High Renaissance, and then Tintoretto, il Furioso, challenging Titian in the Venetian Renaissance. For the Baroque period, we will pit Rubens’s sensual virtuosity against Caravaggio’s dramatic intensity. Shifting northward to the Netherlands, our focus will turn to the contrast between Vermeer’s poignant stillness and Rembrandt’s vibrant characterizations. The course will culminate in the 19th century, as we witness the dashing Romantic, Eugène Delacroix, tilting lances with Jean-Auguste Ingres, the formidable Neoclassic master and director of the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts. Class sessions will be a blend of lecture, visuals, and discussion, as we conduct side-by-side considerations of the life and work of some of the most accomplished artists in the Western tradition.
Bruce Elliott, Independent ScholarBruce Elliott teaches courses in European history and culture for lifelong-learning programs at UC Berkeley, Dominican and Sonoma State Universities. A major concentration of his research has focused on ways in which urban environments throughout history have stimulated innovation and creative expression. In the summertime, he renews his enthusiasm for all things European by leading travel-study tours to legendary destinations. Elliott received a PhD in history at UC Berkeley.
Textbooks for this course:
(Recommended) Michael Levey, From Giotto to Cezanne: A Concise History of Painting (ISBN 978-0500200247)