UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

Baroque Art in Italy 58.332/201
Dr. Liana Cheney

 

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Syllabus of Lectures

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

REQUIRED READINGS:
-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 Library.

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 course.

HANDOUTS: A series of xeroxed materials will be given out throughout the course in order to help you with your reading and writing assignments.

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 format.
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.

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BAROQUE PAINTING

TBA - Carracci Brothers
Wittkower, 57-01.
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 Caravaggio.

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, 85-98, 108-116.
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

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BAROQUE SCULPTURE

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

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BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE
 
TBA - Maderno
Wittkower, 111-127; Millon, 9-23, 27-35; Hibbard, Maderno.
Recommended: Wolfflin, Renaissance and Baroque Architecture.

TBA - Bernini
Wittkower, 174-197.
Recommended: Lavin, Bernini's Crossing of St. Peter's; Martin, Baroque: section on Architecture.

TBA - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD