Renaissance Art

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Renaissance Art
Humanities Course
Course CodeARTR
Years of Operation1995*-2000
Sites OfferedJHU
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1997):

This course offers students an in-depth study of the art of the Renaissance. Historically, the Renaissance is marked by such dramatic events as the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and the fall of Constantinople, and by such legendary figures as Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Lorenzo de Medici, and Machiavelli. This course will focus on the years 1300-1560, widely recognized as the greatest era in the history of Western art. Students will begin their study by focusing on the works of early Renaissance painters, and by examining technological advances of the period, including Gutenberg's printing press. Students will be exposed to Italian Renaissance masters, including Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Additionally, there will be an emphasis on northern European artists of the period, such as Durer, Bosch, and Holbein. Additional time will be devoted to Renaissance architecture and sculpture.

Students will complete frequent writing assignments. Additionally, they will visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which houses the only painting by Leonardo in North America, as well as other Renaissance masterpieces. By the end of the course, students will be able to compare the different styles of Renaissance artists.