ARTH 245 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Fall 2004

A survey of major works of European painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1400-1750. In addition to painting and sculpture, this course will introduce other arts that were highly prized in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as manuscripts, tapestries, and prints. As a frame for interpreting these works, we will emphasize social, religious, and political contexts in which artists worked and on the role of the patron in the creative process. The course will also serve as an introduction to the art historical approaches through which we interpret these works today.

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Part I: Early Renaissance in Italy and the North
Part II: High Renaissance, Mannerism, and the Rise of Secular Art
Part III: Baroque Art, From Sun King to Dark Chamber

On-line Resources
Cornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | Web Gallery of Art | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage

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Do you remember what this is?
Art in the News:
"The Met Makes Its Biggest Purchase Ever" New York Times, 10 Nov. 2004

...and it's this tiny Duccio Madonna and Child
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