The examination of seventeenth century painting outside Italy with
emphasis on Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and French Art. The influence of
Caravaggio's style and the development of new subject-matters such as
still-life, landscape, portraiture and genre paintings. The role of
representative artists of the period, namely, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals,
Rubens, Velazquez, Zurbaran, Poussin and the importance of women
painters, such as Judith Leyster, Clara Peeters, Josefa de Ayala Óbidos,
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.
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.
-John Rupert Martin, Baroque. New York: Harper and Row
-M. Millner Kahr, Dutch Painting in 17th Century. New York:Harper
and Row Publishers, 1990.
-M. Millner Kahr, Velazquez. New York: Harper and Row Publishers,
-Schama, Simon, The Embarrassment of Richness. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1996.
-Helga Mobius, Woman of the Baroque. New York: Abner Scram, 1990.
-N. Schneider, Still Life. Geneva: Taschen, 1994.
-Sam Segal, A Prosperous Past. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum,
SELECTIONS and SUGGESTED READINGS:
-E. Cropper and C. Dempsey, Nicolas Poussin. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1996.
-J. Brown, Images and Ideas in 17th Century Spanish Painting.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
-K. Clark, Rembrandt and the Italian Renaissance. New York: W.W.
-L. Gowing, Vermeer. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1990.
-Slive & Rosenberg, Dutch Art and Architecture*. Baltimore:
-A. Blunt, Art and Architecture in France: 1600-1700*. Baltimore:
-R. Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy: 1600-1750*.
-Gerson, H. Art and Architecture in Belgium: 1600-1800*. Pelican,
-Kubler & Soria, Art and Architecture in Spain: 1500-1800*.
-Summerson, J., Paintings in Britain: 1530-1790*. Pelican, 1990
-Rubens, The Antwerp Altarpieces. New York: W.W. Norton, 1990.
*Selections from these books are listed in the Lecture, Assignment and
Examination Section. These books are placed on the Reserve Section of
the O'Leary Library.
EXAMINATIONS: There will be two quizzes ten to fifteen minutes
each on September 26 and Nov. 19, plus a Mid-term exam on October 8, and
a final exam (date to be announced). Examinations are based on specific
material covered in class and on the required readings. Examinations
missed without prior written excuse from the instructor or written
excuse for medical or other emergencies cannot be made up. No electronic
mail, fax, telephone, or voice mail is acceptable.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: On Nov. 5 notify me of your written
assignment topic. The paper will be due on Dec 3. All late papers will
be penalized. The paper should be approximately 10-15 pages long, double
spaced and typed with illustrations. Suggested topics will be given at
the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet
for form of term papers. The computerized typing must be as follow:
accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12
points in character; single space between paragraph, double space
between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Papers written in
any other format are not acceptable. The written assignment will be
graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation,
grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. All work done
outside of class must be type written or computer printed, double
spaced. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester,
along with a general instruction sheet for typing the paper.
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 trips.
TIME TABLE FOR EXAMINATIONS:
(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)
Sept. 24 - QUIZ I. It consists of identifying visual material
presented in class or included in your assigned readings. You will be
required to identify the name of the artist (if known), the title of the
art work, the style, the location (if architectural sculpture or
architecture) and give an approximate date of art work.
Oct. 8 - EXAM I. The essay examination will be based on slide
identification, slide comparisons, and attribution problem and essays
selected from your class lectures and reading assignments.
Nov. 19 - Quiz II. Same format as Quiz I.
Nov. 5 - Notification of paper topic.
Dec. 3 - Paper Due.
Dec. 15-22 - Final Examination Period. This examination includes
material covered since the Mid-term examination.
LECTURE, ASSIGNMENT AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
(N.B. Syllabus subject to change with prior notice)
Sept. 3 - Introduction; Defining the Baroque
Baroque Origins in Italy: Caravaggio; Annibale Carracci.
J.R. Martin, Baroque, pp. 11-17; H. Wolfflin, Principles of Art History,
New York, 1968. (read only the Introduction); R. Wittkower, Art and
Architecture in Italy, pp. 1-41; J.R. Martin, pp. 19-38.
Sept. 10 - Baroque Painting in Flanders: The Flemish School
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
J.R. Martin, Rubens: The Antwerp Altarpieces.
Highly recommended: J.R. Martin, pp. 39-73 and 271-74; H. Gerson, Art
and Architecture in Belgium, pp. 70-108; Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641);
H. Gerson, Art and Architecture in Belgium, pp. 109-11; E. Waterhouse,
Paintings in Britain: 1530-1790, pp. 31-58.
Sept. 17 - Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678)
H. Gerson, Art and Architecture in Belgium, pp. 127-35; Adrian Brouwer
(c. 1606-1638) and the Teniers Family; H. Gerson, Art and Architecture
in Belgium, pp. 143-47; Clara Peeters, Still Life Paintings (xeroxed
Sept. 24 - QUIZ I
Sept. 24 - Baroque Painting in Holland: The Dutch School
Origins of Dutch Baroque: Mannerism; Cornelius van Haarlem (1562-1638);
Joachim Ulytewael (1566-1638); Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651). Dutch
Followers of Caravaggio: Dirck van Baburen (1590-1656); Gerrit van
Honthorst (1590-1656); Terbrugghen (1588-1629);
M. Kahr, Dutch Painting in the 17th Century; Rosenberg & Slive, Dutch
Art and Architecture, pp. 36-46.
Oct. 1 - Frans Hals (1579/85-1666)
Rosenberg & Slive, Dutch Art and Architecture, pp. 47-76;
Highly recommended: Slive, Frans Hals. 2 vols; Judith Leyster
(1600-1660); James Welu, Judith Leyster (on reserve).
Oct. 8 - Examination
Oct. 15 - Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Rosenberg & Slive, Dutch Art and Architecture, pp. 77-140; Martin,
280-88; K. Clark, Rembrandt and the Italian Renaissance.
Highly recommended: J. Rosenberg, Rembrandt Life and Work.
Oct. 22 - Dutch Landscape
Rosenberg & Slive. Dutch Art and Architecture, pp. 239-284 & pp. 333-44;
Martin, 119-155. Dutch Still Life.
Oct. 29 - Dutch Interiors
Rosenberg & Slive, Dutch Art & Architecture, pp. 187-238; Martin,
Vermeer, 155-197 & 197-223-249; Kahr, Dutch Paintings.
Highly recommended: L. Gowing, Vermeer.
Nov. 5 - Notification of paper topic
Nov. 5 - Baroque French Painting
French Mannerism: Jacques Bellange (1600-1650); Jacques Callot
(1592-1635) and French Caravaggesque Painting: George de La Tour
(1593-1652). French Genre: Louis Le Nain (1593-1648); Italiannate French
Painting: Claude Vignon (1593-1670); Simon Voet (1590-1649).
A. Blunt, Art and Architecture in France, pp. 124-130; 179-182; A.
Blunt, Art and Architecture in France, pp. 167-172; Claude Lorraine
(1600-1682); A. Blunt, Art and Architecture in France, pp. 195-201.
Nov. 12 - Nicolas Poussin (c. 1593-1665)
A. Blunt, Art and Architecture in France, pp. 182-195; Martin, 290-296;
Cropper and Dempsey, Nicolas Poussin.
Highly recommended: A. Blunt, Nicolas Poussin, 2 vols; Poussin and the
French Academic Painting; Laurent La Hyre (1606-1656); Eustache Le Sueur
(1616-1655); and Charles Le Brun (1619-1690); A. Blunt, Art and
Architecture in France, pp. 242-245.
Nov. 19 - Quiz II
Nov. 19 - Baroque Spanish Paintings: Spanish Mannerism: El Greco
Later Spanish Painters: Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652); Francesco de
Kubler & Soria, Art and Architecture in Spain, pp. 210-219; Martin,
288-290; J. Brown, Images and Ideas in 17th Century Spanish Painting;
Kubler & Soria, Art and Architecture in Spain, pp. 237-242.
Dec. 3 - Paper Due
Dec. 10 - Velazquez (1599-1660)
Kubler & Soria, Art and Architecture in Spain, pp. 250-270;
Highly recommended: M. M. Kahr, Velazquez; Josefa de Ayala Óbidos (xeroxed
Dec. 15-22 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD