Art and Culture of the Renaissance


The breathtaking bounty of art produced in Italy
during the 15th and early 16th centuries reflects
the great wealth, patronage, ducal power and papal
authority of the time. The paintings and sculpture document
the interest in the liberal arts and humanities
and celebrate the human contribution to the world.
The medieval, magical town of Florence, draped
along the Arno River, stands today as a visual portfolio
of this extraordinary period. The Renaissance
promoted, interpreted, revered and embraced the
cultural values that had been at the fore during the
Greco-Roman classical period. Literature, poetry,
education, science, theology, language, architecture,
art and humanism were primary concerns. This
course will consider the human achievement in Italian
Renaissance art through a chronological review and
discussion of select masterpieces.

The secular society in Northern Europe also experienced
a dramatic rise of wealth, prestige and power at
this time. The exposure of extensive corruption prevalent
in the Roman Catholic Church gave rise to the
Protestant Reformation. A very different style of artistic
iconography developed in this region. Albrecht Durer
and Matthias Grunewald of Germany and Jan van Eyck
and Robert Campin of the Netherlands are just a few
of the extremely gifted artists whose images define the
time. A review of some of these masterpieces provides
contrast and understanding to a period of explosive cultural
change and unparalleled creativity.


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