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ARTH 3101 Art History: The Italian Renaissance
CEA Partner Institution: Santa Reparata International School of Art
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Art History
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ARTH 370 / ARTH 3101
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: A basic course on the history of western art is recommended.
Required Supplies: During orientation, students will receive a list of textbooks they are required to purchase. Students will be expected to provide their own supplies from a supply list. Instructors will supply the lists during the first week of classes. Students should not purchase any texts and/or supplies before orientation.
This lecture course introduces students to Florentine Renaissance art from the early 15th century to the end of the High Renaissance in 1527. Students will study key practitioners of this period and their contributions to art history such as mathematical perspective, the rediscovery of the classical elements found in architecture and sculpture as well as the relentless search by certain artists for the perfection of balance and harmony. Renaissance artists such as Masaccio, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello and Filippo Brunelleschi along with artists working in the High Renaissance style of the late 15th and early 16th centuries like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raphael of Urbino will be studied. In addition to the aesthetic and stylistic qualities of the works, students will study the historical, political, and religious context in which the artists made their work as a means to allow for a greater understanding of the works themselves.