Course Description

This course will focus on the birth of Baroque art in Southern Europe, originating in Rome, with concentration on its development there and its migration to other centers, such as Naples and Madrid, Spain, and its global spread as an instrument of persuasion and propaganda. Great personalities emerge: from the rebel painter of naturalism, Caravaggio, to the rise of such female artists as Artemisia, to the exponents of art academies, the Carracci, to papal darling Bernini, and the courtier Velazquez, as well as the enslaved Juan de Pareja. The aim of this course is to provide a basis for the recognition of the Baroque work of art, its practitioners and cultural stimuli by looking in depth at the achievements of such key artists and their career trajectories. Emphasis is placed on the expressive qualities of style, meaning, materials and techniques as practiced by these artists in this period. Museum visits form a part of this course! Note: Prior to Fall 2023 this course was titled "Southern Baroque Art: Italy and Spain."
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Section Title
ARTH 2431: Early Modern Italy/Spain in the 17thC
T, Th
3:30PM to 4:50PM
Jan 16, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
SNRSCH Fee non-credit $250.00
Section Notes

Instructor: Tracy Cooper

This Spring '24 course runs January 16th through April 29th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:50pm on Main campus, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Room B082. There will be no classes during Spring Break: March 4-8, 2024.

* Please note: there is a field trip as part of this class that is not mandatory for Senior Scholar students but you are welcome to join the class at the museum site.