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ARTH 162 — Iconic Artworks of the Renaissance

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 3—Nov 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 3—Nov 7
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 5
1 Unit
Diane Zuliani
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
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 habitually turned to artists to depict the triumphs of their age. Patrons, including private, public, secular, and religious benefactors, ensured the proliferation of art, and also sponsored a growing class of art connoisseurs, backers, apologists, and historians, whose writings only deepened the faith in art as a vehicle for values and virtues.

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.

Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art, photography, film, and museum studies at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum.