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Steven E Bunn
ART H 361
Seattle Campus

Italian Renaissance Art

Sculpture, painting, and architecture from 1300 to 1600.

Class description

This class surveys the painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic arts of the Italian Renaissance. Emphasis is given to the major artistic centers of Florence, Rome, and Venice, while other cities will often be highlighted. Themes include the status of the image in Renaissance art, the role of artistic invention, individual and collective creativity, the growing self-awareness of artists, the influence of political, historical, and social place, and the changing narratives and mythologies that have shaped our perception and understanding of the Renaissance.

Student learning goals

Become familiar with major Renaissance artists, their personal styles, and the major artistic trends of various Italian cities and regions.

Learn ways in which artists and intellectual communities responded to the cultural stimuli of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries in Italy and Europe.

Understand how art often reflects the goals of its makers and/or those who commission it.

Be able to read and interpret the language of Renaissance art, its symbols, narratives, and main subjects, and how and why they were used.

Become familiar with the power of images, and how they are used to express religious, political, and personal convictions, as well as the range of responses to the image.

Understand the role of artifice as a key feature of Renaissance art, and the different ways artists employ technical skill, workmanship, and the self-conscious act of creating to reinforce the meaning and function of art and its relationship to the viewer.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Either Art History 202 or 203 would be helpful, but are not required.

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on exams and written work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Steven E Bunn
Date: 12/07/2013