Introduction to Renaissance Art
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore European art produced during the 15th and 16th centuries under the combined influences of an increased awareness of nature, a revival of classical learning, and a more individualistic view of man.
About this course:
Following the Middle Ages, the Renaissance in Europe saw a great revival of interest in the classical learning and values of ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to its expression of classical Greco-Roman traditions, Renaissance art sought to capture the experience of the individual and the beauty and mystery of the natural world. We begin in Florence in the year 1400, and trace the reemergence of classical ideals and the development of artistic techniques that changed the way artists responded to the natural world. Moving down to Rome, we then explore the work of Michelangelo and Raphael under papal patronage. Finally we follow the spread of this movement through the Holy Roman Empire, France, and Spain. Throughout the course we discuss the intersection of art and science, politics and patronage, and the role of the artist in society.