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ARTH 162 — Iconic Artworks of the Renaissance

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Oct 30
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 25—Oct 30
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
1 Unit
Diane Zuliani
What explains the Renaissance’s abundance of iconic artworks and master artists? The answer lies not in some rare convergence of talent, but in the wisdom and foresight of the era’s Humanist leaders, pioneers of modern thought who turned to artists to depict the triumphs of their age. Patrons—including private, public, secular, and religious benefactors— imparted profound spiritual and civic weight to artwork, thereby ensuring its proliferation. They also sponsored a growing class of art adherents, defenders, connoisseurs, and historians, whose writings only further deepened the faith in art as a vehicle for values and virtues. Genius though he was, for example, Leonardo da Vinci would not have climbed to such heights of renown without the two French kings or the handful of Medici, Sforza, and Borgia princes who subsidized him. The same is true of Michelangelo, behind whom stood princes and no fewer than nine consecutive popes. The Renaissance in the north was no different, with Jan van Eyck and Albrecht Dürer bankrolled by six Burgundian dukes, several cardinals, and a Holy Roman Emperor. Our goal will be viewing iconic artworks of the Renaissance through the lens of Humanist patronage, to see how these leaders proved human worth and virtuosity by making their very states into glittering works of art.

This is the third course of the four-course Iconic Artwork series. This series includes courses on ancient art (Fall 2018), medieval art (Spring 2019), Renaissance art (Fall 2019), and modern art (Spring 2020). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Diane Zuliani, Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art, photography, and museum studies at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she lectured on the Getty’s regularly changing exhibits of its photography collection. Recently she has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.