ARTH 55 — Italian Renaissance Art
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 13—Mar 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 15
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Emanuele Lugli
Class Recording Available: Yes
In this course, we will explore the world-famous achievements of Italian artists and architects during the so-called Renaissance (1420-1520). Among our investigations will be the origin of perspective in Florence and the revolutionary modeling of Donatello and Masaccio; the graceful Madonnas of Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, and Sandro Botticelli; the construction of imposing palazzi and spectacular domes; Giovanni Bellini's reinvention of the altarpiece in Venice; and the development of refined court cultures in Urbino, Milan, and Naples. We also will examine the careers of such heavyweights as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, whose death in 1520 is often taken to mark the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of a style known as Mannerism. While studying these well-known figures and many of their artworks, we will look at aspects that often remain in the margins of art history, such as the careers of female artists, the rise of theatrical sculpture, and the impact of printing on panel painting.
Emanuele Lugli teaches and writes about late medieval and early modern art. He is the author of two monographs, The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness and Unità di Misura: Breve Storia del Metro in Italia. He received a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
Assistant Professor of Art History, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.