Art H 471: Rome in the Seventeenth Century
Prof. Estelle Lingo
Office: Room 359 Art Building
Office Hours: TBA
This course will examine the emergence of new forms of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Rome in the seventeenth century and the historical contexts and cultural ideals that informed these changes across diverse media. Particular attention will be given to the stylistic experimentation and competition that characterizes much of the century and its implications for understanding issues of religious and artistic reform, concepts of idealism and naturalism, and the contested relationship between word and image. Class sessions will emphasize discussion of course themes and readings and close visual analysis of works.
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
You will gain familiarity with the painting, sculpture, architecture, and ephemeral arts of seventeenth-century Rome and with the themes which have structured scholarly inquiry into these works.
You will build skills of visual analysis, critical reading, and evaluation of scholarly arguments in art history.
For those who choose the research track option, you will gain experience in the practice of art historical research and writing, including analysis of previous literature on a topic (“the state of the question”) and strategies for formulating original arguments.
First unit exam – 30%
Second unit exam – 30%
Cumulative final or research track option – 40%
Late Work Policy: For late submission of work not arranged in advance with me, a deduction of .5 per day late will apply to the final grade for that assignment.
Grading Scale: All assignments will be graded on a 4.0 scale.
Image Study: Flashcard groups for image study will be available electronically through the Canvas course website.
Required textbooks: Rudolf Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy 1600-1750. 6th edition, revised by Joseph Connors and Jennifer Montagu (New Haven and London, 1999). Vol. 1: Early Baroque and vol. 2: High Baroque. Used copies will be available at the UW Bookstore; will also be available for 2-hour loan on shelf reserve for this course at the Art Library.
E-reserve readings, which will be accessible online through the Canvas course website.