Italian Art During the Renaissance and Baroque Periods

ITLN/HIST/ART365, 366 (2qh credits) | offered Academic Year

The course is focused on Italian Renaissance and Baroque. With regard to Renaissance, Florence plays a role of primary importance: the city is the cradle for the flowering of new ideas at the base of the humanities. Various forms of artistic expression, and the leading figures of this period are Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo. The course briefly analyzes other relevant artistic circles, Rome and Venice, equally important for artists of international significance, such as Titian. The Florentine Mannerism (Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Vasari), is the period of transition that will see the overcoming of Renaissance classicism and the introduction of a new theatrical sensibility in works of art: the Baroque. Rome and Naples experience a new way of making and thinking art: Bernini, Caravaggio, Pietro da Cortona, Luca Giordano, Rubens, and Rembrandt are the main artists of this period, and they leave their mark in Florence. Lessons are supported by power-point presentations, slides, and photos.