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ARTH 49 — Great Baroque Masters: Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Dec 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 30
Units: 2
Tuition: $520
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 28—Dec 7
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 30
2 Units
Patrick Hunt
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The baroque era shifted dramatically away from the Renaissance around the year 1600. Highlighting three baroque geniuses in their proper contexts, this course emphasizes the baroque’s novel use of chiaroscuro—light and darkness juxtaposed—as Caravaggio employed it, along with meticulous still-life depiction and deeply wrought iconography of subjects, especially when the Counter-Reformation returned to religious themes and devotion. That the rebellious Caravaggio found scandal hard to avoid in a life filled with vicissitudes is consonant with his revolutionary art. Rembrandt, though perhaps equally curmudgeonly in nature, had a detailed knowledge of mythology and history, and his virtuosic portraiture in all its phases anticipates nearly all that follows, from realism to Romanticism and even to Impressionism. His sketches, etchings, and engravings take the ephemeral to new heights of mastery. Continuing these and other baroque innovations, Vermeer’s use of light is unparalleled, and his subtle use of narrative allegory often creates paintings within paintings. By the end of this course, students will be able to place these great artists within the framework of the baroque era and identify their historical contexts, individual styles, and signature masterpieces.

Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of 24 books and is a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Hunt is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Patrick Hunt, Rembrandt: His Life in Art, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1934269039)
(Required) Patrick Hunt, Caravaggio (Life & Times) (ISBN 978-1908323231)