Ann C Huppert
Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.
Architecture of Mediterranean Cities 1300-1600 The diverse cities of Florence, Cairo, Rome, Istanbul and Venice prospered during the period defined as the Renaissance. And while traditionally historians have looked to the Italian peninsula when characterizing the architectural developments during the centuries that followed the Black Plague, increasingly we recognize how cultural encounters across the Mediterranean and interactions between the Islamic and Christian worlds defined the built environment of the region’s major urban centers. Through the lens of the built environment, this course will explore cultural developments in the city-states of Florence, Rome, and Venice, and in the major urban centers of the Ottoman Empire of Western Asia and the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt, looking in particular at intercultural relations. Our guide for this exploration will be a series of readings by scholars who recently have begun to challenge the traditional definition of the Renaissance period. This lecture-based course will offer an in-depth examination of aspects of the architecture and urban contexts of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods, and students will be expected to bring some knowledge to the course through prior completion of an introductory survey of the architecture or art of the time period, such as ARCH 351 or ART H 202, or other relevant course work. The course may be taken for undergraduate writing or graduate seminar selective credit.
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