Examines the changing patronage for the visual arts from its roots in the privatized consumption of the early modern period to the development of a modern commercial market. Considers the artist's place, market manipulation, and the influence of museums and galleries on public taste.
We will consider various private and public patronage models from the Renaissance into the 19th century that overlap with the development of a market system of dealers, auctions, academies, and critics that continue to the present day.
Student learning goals
1. Become familiar with overarching issues related to the value of art on economic, spiritual, ideological, and aesthetic grounds.
2. Analyze various patterns of cultural consumption through private individuals and institutions from the church and state to museums, theatres, schools and universities, and corporations.
3. Read articles critically on the subject of art patronage and markets.
4. Write response papers to the principal readings.
5. Do research on a chosen topic on the arts and their support mechanisms
General method of instruction
Some lecture with visual material and class discussion of the readings.
Classes in some area of the arts, history, and/or humanities would be useful as well as familiarity with intensive research.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a discrete number of response papers to the readings and a final research project.
The grades will be distributed for class participation (15%), response papers (50%), and research project (35%).