ARTH 162 — Iconic Artworks of the Renaissance
For example, genius though he was, there would have been no Leonardo da Vinci if not for two French kings and the princes of Medici, Sforza, and Borgia courts 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. These rulers, seeking to demonstrate their newfound faith in human worth and virtuosity, made their states into glittering works of art. In this course, our goal will be to luxuriate in the Renaissance artworks that astonish today just as they were meant to five centuries ago.
This is the third course of the four-course Iconic Artwork series. This series includes courses on ancient art (Fall 2021), medieval art (Spring 2022), Renaissance art (Fall 2022), and modern art (Spring 2023). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.