UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

Northern Baroque Art 58.334/201
Dr. Liana Cheney

 

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Syllabus of Lectures

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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, are 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.

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.

REQUIRED READINGS:
-John Rupert Martin, Baroque. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1990.
-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, 1994.
-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, 1990.

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. Norton, 1986.
-L. Gowing, Vermeer. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1990.
-Slive & Rosenberg, Dutch Art and Architecture*. Baltimore: Pelican, 1972
-A. Blunt, Art and Architecture in France: 1600-1700*. Baltimore: Pelican, 1994
-R. Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy: 1600-1750*. Pelican, 1992
-Gerson, H. Art and Architecture in Belgium: 1600-1800*. Pelican, 1990
-Kubler & Soria, Art and Architecture in Spain: 1500-1800*. Pelican, 1989
-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 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 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 material)

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 (1541-1614)
Later Spanish Painters: Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652); Francesco de Zurbaran (1598-1664).
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 material)

Dec. 15-22 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD