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ARTH 04 — “A Room of One’s Own”: Houses and Mental Landscapes for Artists, Philosophers, and Writers

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 26
Time: 5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 26
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $415
Instructor(s): Fabio Barry
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Jun 24—Aug 26
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 26
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Fabio Barry
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
This course investigates homes, hideaways, studies, and studios that artists and thinkers have designed for themselves, from subconscious images of the self to knowing stages for the contemplative life: arenas of self-understanding, places from which to “come out of the closet,” even haunts in which to live out melancholy or rehearse for death. Our case studies date from antiquity to the present: from the studio-house of Sir Peter Paul Rubens to that of Kurt Schwitters; from the house-museum of Sir John Soane to the Vittoriale of Gabriele D’Annunzio; from the philosophical dwelling of the Emperor Hadrian to the hut of Martin Heidegger; from the worded self-scapes of Christine de Pizan to Virginia Woolf; and the symbiosis of painting and building in the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Assistant Professor of Art History, Stanford

Fabio Barry practiced as an architect before receiving a PhD in art history from Columbia. He is the author of Painting in Stone: Architecture and the Poetics of Marble from Antiquity to the Enlightenment. Barry received the 2008 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize for his article “Walking on Water: Cosmic Floors in Antiquity and the Middle Ages," and he has taught at the University of St. Andrews.