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Women and the Arts in Italy

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ARTH(W)435 Women & the Arts in Italy

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: At least one previous course in art history

This course will cover imagery focused on women in Italian art from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including the Virgin Mary, female saints and martyrs, nymphs, goddesses, sibyls, wives, and courtesans. It will also study outstanding female artists and patrons. The imagery, artists, and patrons discussed will be examined within their social and cultural context, and as reflections of the role of women in their respective time periods. Among the female artists to be studied are Suor Plautilla Nelli, Properzia dei Rossi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Artemisia Gentileschi, Margherita Caffi, Elisabetta Sirani, and Rosalba Carriera. Among the artists whose representations of women will be studied are Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Among the patrons to be considered are Elizabeth Gonzaga and Isabella d’Este. The course will include visits on site to museums and monuments in Florence, as well as field trips to Bologna and Rome. Discussion of the various topics covered is an integral part of this course, which requires a few short oral presentations on assigned readings, a longer final oral presentation, a midterm exam, and a final term paper. Guest lectures by scholars distinguished in this field will also be organized during class time.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Helen Manner Watterson)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Helen Manner Watterson)