The development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy during
the 17th Century with special emphasis on Rome. The role of
representative artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Carracci,
Gentileschi and Pietro do Cortona is emphasized.
ORGANIZATION: Although class discussion is strongly encouraged,
this is primarily a lecture course based upon the visual content of
works of art presented by way of projected slides. Attendance is highly
recommended for every class meeting. Students are responsible for the
content of all lectures and assigned reading materials.
-Blunt, Borromini. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
-Garrard, M. Artemisia Gentilleschi. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1991.
-Hibbard, H. Caravaggio. New York: Harper & Row, Pub., 1984.
-Hibbard, H. Bernini. Baltimore: Pelican Books, 1979.
-Wittkower, R. Art and Architecture in Italy: 1600-1780.
Baltimore: Pelican Books, 1980 (highly recommended).
For further bibliography, see Attachment II. These books with their
respective call numbers are placed on the reserve section of the O'Leary
CLASS COMPORTMENT: Since this a professional presentation at the
university level, you are not permitted to eat or drink during class
lectures and discussion.
OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00-1:00
p.m. or by appointment. My office is in Coburn Hall, Room 201.
EXAMINATIONS: There will be two fifty minute examinations - TBA
and a final exam (date to be announced) and a short quiz on TBA.
Examinations are based on specific material covered in class and on the
required readings. Examination missed without prior excuse from me, or
excuse for medical or other emergencies obtained from the Dean of the
College, cannot be made up.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: There will be one paper due on TBA All late
papers will be penalized or not accepted. The paper should be
approximately 10 to 15 pages long, double spaced and typed with
illustrations (xeroxed). Suggested topics will be given at the beginning
of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet for typing the
paper. Notify me of your paper topic on TBA. In your paper define the
limits of the topic you are considering, clarify the issues surrounding
the topic with respect to the relationship between Italian Baroque,
comment on the scholarly problems involved, and offer some original
incite into the topic. Be sure to read critically. you will find little
agreement among various authors.
NOTE ON PLAGIARISM: Be careful never to copy directly or directly
adapt from another author without crediting the source. General sources
must be listed in a bibliography; any direct quotation or paraphrase
must be footnoted. Any unacknowledged copying will receive and F for the
HANDOUTS: A series of xeroxed materials will be given out
throughout the course in order to help you with your reading and writing
EVALUATION-MUSEUM VISITS: Students are individually responsible
for visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum (both in Boston), the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge), and
the Worcester Art Museum (Worcester).
OPTIONAL MUSEUM VISITS: Probably during the semester the
Art History Club will sponsor some field trips to the Boston Museums.
Also, there will be schedules of one or two trips to New York City,
Worcester and, New Haven and Hartford, CT., and Washington, D.C. in
order to visit some major exhibitions or museums. You will be encouraged
to attend. but not penalized for not participating in these trip.
TIME TABLE FOR EXAMINATIONS:
TBA - Quiz. It will consist of identifying visual material
presented in class and found in the required assignments. You will be
asked to identify the name of the artist, the title of the art work, the
style, and give an approximate date of the work.
TBA- First Examination. It will be based on slide identification,
slide comparisons, an attribution problem and essays along with a brief
quiz consisting of identifying visual material presented in class and
found in the required assignments. You will be asked to identify the
name of the artist, the title of the art work, the style, and give an
approximate date of the work. All responses must be written in essay
TBA - Notify me of your paper topic.
TBA - Second Examination. It will be based on slide
identification, slide comparisons, and attribution problem and essays.
All responses must be written in essay format.
TBA - PAPER DUE.
TBA- FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD. Final Exam time will be announced.
The final exam format will be the same as the First and Second
Examinations. It will not be cumulative, that is to say, you will be
tested on the new visual material presented after the Second
Examination, but you will be responsible for the assimilation of general
concepts of the Italian Baroque Period of Art in your essay section.
LECTURE, ASSIGNMENT AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
TBA - Introduction: scope of the course, bibliography.
Baroque Precursors: Mannerism and Maniera Style.
Wittkower, 21-45; Hauser, 172-201; Wolfflin, Principles of Art History,
Chap. 1 (Introduction);
Marti's article on "What is Baroque?"
Recommended: Friedlaender, Mannerism, 47-85.
TBA - Carracci Brothers
Recommended: Waterhouse, section on Carracci; Engass, section on
Carracci; Posner, Carracci; Martin, The Farnese Gallery; Mahon's article
on Carracci; Wittkower, Drawings of Carracci.
TBA - Caravaggio
Hibbard, Caravaggio; Friedlaender, Caravaggio Studies; Wittkower, 47-57.
Recommended: Engass, section on Caravaggio; Waterhouse, section on
TBA - Quiz I
TBA - School of Carracci: Domenchino
Wittkower, 91-104; Waterhouse, 6-20, 85-98.
Recommended: Lee, Ut Pictura Poesis; Martin, Baroque, 73-119.
TBA - School of Caravaggio: Reni, Guercino, Gentileschi Family
Garrard's Artemisia Gentileschi; Wittkower, 73-91; Waterhouse, 6-20,
Recommended: Martin, Baroque, 119-223; Wittkower, Jesuits Contribution;
Spear, Caravaggio and his Followers.
Woman as Heroine (Exhibition in Worcester).
TBA - Reading Day
TBA - FIRST EXAMINATION
TBA - Bernini
Hibbard, Bernini; Wittkower, 143-174.
Recommended: Articles on Bernini listed in the Attachment I; Pope
Hennessy, Italian Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture: section on Bernini,
Bauer, Bernini in Perspective; Martin, Baroque, section on Bernini.
TBA - Notify me of your paper topic.
TBA - School of Bernini: Algardi, Duquesnoy, Mochi, Cortona
Wittkower, 261-279; Pope Hennessy, Italian Renaissance and Baroque
Sculpture: section on the School of Bernini.
Recommended: Westin's article on Raggi.
TBA - Library Day
TBA - SECOND EXAMINATION
TBA - Maderno
Wittkower, 111-127; Millon, 9-23, 27-35; Hibbard, Maderno.
Recommended: Wolfflin, Renaissance and Baroque Architecture.
TBA - Bernini
Recommended: Lavin, Bernini's Crossing of St. Peter's; Martin, Baroque:
section on Architecture.
TBA - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD