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Steven E Bunn
ART H 373
Seattle Campus

Southern Baroque Art

Art of Italy and Spain, circa 1590 to circa 1710.

Class description

This class surveys the painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic arts of artists working in Italy and Spain from the late sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. We will study individual styles, trends in iconography, the impact of naturalism, idealism and realism as visual approaches, patronage, and the social, religious, political, and personal influences that impacted the arts of the period.

Major works by Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Diego Velázquez, and Nicolas Poussin will be featured, along with many other artists who helped shaped the period.

Student learning goals

• learn the major artistic trends of European Baroque art

• interpret works of art with a critical and historical eye, using the language of art history

• apply essential art historical methodologies-including visual and formal analysis, iconography, and the use of textual, visual and critical sources to develop a close understanding of artists and artworks

• recognize the importance of ancient and Renaissance artistic traditions on Baroque artists, new subject matter such as landscape, still-life, and genre, and the visual language of the Counter Reformation.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Either ART H 202 (Survey of Western Art-Medieval and Renaissance) or ART H 203 (Survey of Western Art-Modern) will be helpful, but are not required.

Class assignments and grading


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.
Last Update by Steven E Bunn
Date: 12/30/2012