This course introduces students to the architecture, painting, and sculpture of Italy from 750 BCE to 1600 CE. We begin with the Etruscans, the pre-Roman culture centered in modern Tuscany, with its strong ties to the Greek east. Then we study the monuments of the Roman Republic and Empire, including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the wall paintings of Pompeii. As we move to consider the division in the empire between the eastern and western Mediterranean in late antiquity and the Medieval and Byzantine periods, as well as the emergence of Christianity as a cultural force throughout the region, we will witness a rapid change in iconography and styles across the arts. The Renaissance, as we discover, revives Classical themes and forms and adapts them to the new context of public, private, and ecclesiastical patronage. The historical and cultural context of the images and artifacts will be stressed throughout the course.
The course is being offered by the faculty of the program Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey, of which it is a component. Students will attend and participate in two lectures per week, engage in discussions, and demonstrate their learning in two examinations and one essay with a research component. Students will use the variable credit CRN of Greece and Italy to register.
Interested students should contact Andrew Reece for a CRN and signature to register for the variable credit section of the Greece and Italy program.