ART H 304
Italian, Spanish, and Spanish Colonial Baroque Art and Architecture (3) A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy, Spain, and the Spanish Americas from 1600-1750.
ART H 304 Southern Baroque Painting (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Art History 304 concentrates on the art of Italy, Spain, and the Spanish Colonial from 1600-1750. Discussion will concentrate on what constitutes the baroque and its interpretation in each geographic area as well as issues such as patronage, primary sources, iconography, and historical context. The class will begin with the indications of the new Baroque in Italy during the 1580's and proceed to Spain and the Spanish Colonial World. The course is designed to meet two principal goals. The first is to increase students' powers of visual analysis and help them build a critical vocabulary for discussing an art object's medium, composition, style, and iconography. The second is to foster an understanding of the deep implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts. The course therefore involves significant material relating to political, economic and religious issues. It investigates problems in patronage, function, reception and censorship. It considers such intra- and cross-cultural issues as representations of religious vision, court politics, and social status. Requirements include exams and at least one paper. As a general education course in the arts, this course provides an introduction to Baroque Art for a student of any major. This course has no prerequisite, and presumes no prior exposure to fine art. Students majoring in Art History will learn in it both the common vocabulary of the field and the outlines of the field that form the foundation for future study.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.