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ARTH 238 — Great Moments, Great Masters

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Jul 19
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 4
Unit: 0
Tuition: $235
Instructor(s): Bruce Elliott
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Jun 28—Jul 19
4 weeks
Drop By
Jul 4
0 Unit
Bruce Elliott
Positioned at the intersection between history and art, this course will concentrate on situating outstanding works of art in their historical context. Each session will celebrate the four great masters who most set the tone for their respective artistic movements. For the High Renaissance, we will highlight Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael; for the Venetian Renaissance, our subject artists will be Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese; the Baroque session will concentrate on the artwork of Rubens, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. We will conclude with the European Romantic movement of the 19th century, featuring Francisco Goya for Spain, J.M.W. Turner for Britain, Caspar David Friedrich for Germany, and Eugène Delacroix for France.

Part of our consideration will involve examining the forces that spark artistic creation. Relative to motivation, art historians have tended to emphasize artwork as being a kind of challenge/response dialogue between painters—Michelangelo depicting a group of people engaged in dramatic conflict, then Raphael painting a scene that seeks to surpass him. However, artists have always been sensitive observers of their surroundings. In this course, we’ll especially be concerned with evaluating the extent to which the artwork of great painters can be regarded as responding to historical developments in their respective societies. Class sessions will be a creative blend of lecture, discussion, and extensive visuals.

Due to its short format, this course may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Bruce Elliott, Independent Scholar

Bruce Elliott teaches courses in European history and culture at several lifelong-learning institutes in the Bay Area, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and Dominican University. He has focused much of his research on urban history, especially the distinct personalities of major cities and the pivotal role they’ve played as prime drivers for change. Elliott received a PhD in history from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Michael Levey, From Giotto to Cezanne: Concise History of Painting (ISBN 978-0500200247)