Art History 341
Fall 2007
Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe



SCHEDULE

REQUIREMENTS

RESOURCES

SCHEDULE

Wednesday August 29
Introduction
DISCUSSION: History and the Concept of the Renaissance
Questions about the Renaissance in Italy
Lorenzo Ghiberti, excerpts from his "Commentaries"
Renaissance (Grove)
Lorenzo Ghiberti (Grove)

Art & Theory in the Early Renaissance

Wednesday September 5
Giotto, Nature, and Painting
DISCUSSION: natura naturata and natura naturans
Boccaccio, Cennini, Ghiberti, Leonardo (excerpts)
Giotto and the Scrovegni Chapel
The Renaissance Concept of Nature (Jan Bialostocki, edited excerpt)
Giotto (Grove)

Wednesday September 12 Seminar Reports: selection
Proportion
DISCUSSION: The Measure of Things
Proportion
Neoplatonism
Number and Measurement
Piero della Francesca (Grove)
Antonio del Pollaiuolo (Grove)
Leonardo da Vinci (Grove) and Leonardo's Anatomical Studies
Sandro Botticelli (Grove)

Wednesday September 19
The Business of Painting
READ Baxandall, Part 1 "The Conditions of Trade" pages 1-27
Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Pietro Perugino

Wednesday September 26
The Period Eye 1
READ Baxandall, Part 2 "The Period Eye" pages 29-108
FIRST SEMINAR REPORT - group 1

    BAXANDALL
    1 Nos. 1, 2 (pages 29-36) Virginia Moncure
    2 Nos. 3, 4 (pages 36-45) Blair Sutton
    3 No. 5 (pages 45-56) Megan O'Neal
    4 No. 6 (pages 56-71) Shannon Schalestock

Wednesday October 3
The Period Eye 2
READ Baxandall, Part 2 "The Period Eye" pages 29-108
FIRST SEMINAR REPORT - group 2

    BAXANDALL
    5 No. 7 (pages 71-81) Leslie Lewis
    6 No. 8 (pages 81-85) Tess Drahman
    7 No. 9 (pages 86-93) Lindsay Rice
    8 No. 10 (pages 94-102) Celeste Wackenhut
    9 No. 11 (pages 103-108) ________

Wednesday October 10
Leon Battista Alberti and the New Theory of Art - 1
READ Alberti, On Painting, Book I, pages 34-35, 37-54
SECOND SEMINAR REPORT - group 1

    ALBERTI
    1 Dedication and No. 1 (pages 34-35, 37) Virginia Moncure
    2 Nos. 2, 3, 4 (pages 37-39) Blair Sutton
    3 Nos. 5, 6 (pages 39-42) Megan O'Neal
    4 Nos. 7, 8 (pages 42-44) Shannon Schalestock

Wednesday October 17
Leon Battista Alberti and the New Theory of Art - 2
READ Alberti, On Painting, Book I, pages 34-35, 37-54
SECOND SEMINAR REPORT - group 2

    ALBERTI
    5 Nos. 9, 10 (pages 44-46) Leslie Lewis
    6 Nos. 11, 12 (pages 46-48) Tess Drahman
    7 Nos. 13, 14 (pages 48-50) Lindsay Rice
    8 Nos. 15, 16 (pages 50-52) Celeste Wackenhut
    9 Nos. 17, 18 (pages 52-54) ________

Wednesday October 24
Alberti and Perspective
READ Alberti, On Painting, Book I, 54-59
Perspective

Wednesday October 31
Alberti on Painting and Composition - 1
READ Alberti, On Painting, Book II, pages 60-86
THIRD SEMINAR REPORT - group 1

    ALBERTI
    1 Nos. 25, 26 (pages 60-62) Virginia Moncure
    2 Nos. 27, 28, 29 (pages 62-64) Blair Sutton
    3 Nos. 30, 31, 32 (pages 64-67) Megan O'Neal
    4 Nos. 33, 34 (pages 67-71) Shannon Schalestock

Wednesday November 7
Alberti on Painting and Composition - 2
READ Alberti, On Painting, Book II, pages 60-86
THIRD SEMINAR REPORT - group 2

    ALBERTI
    5 Nos. 35, 36, 37 (pages 71-74) Leslie Lewis
    6 Nos. 38, 39, 40 (pages 74-76) Tess Drahman
    7 Nos. 41, 42, 43 (pages 76-79) Lindsay Rice
    8 Nos. 44, 45, 46 (pages 79-83) Celeste Wackenhut
    9 Nos. 47, 48, 49 (pages 83-86) ________

Wednesday November 14 Seminar Paper Topic Selection
The Instruction of the Painter
READ Alberti, On Painting, Book III (pages 87-96)
SUMMARIES

    ALBERTI
    1 Nos. 51-52 (pages 87-88) Virginia Moncure
    2 Nos. 53-54 (pages 88-89) Blair Sutton
    3 No. 55 (pages 89-90) Megan O'Neal
    4 Nos. 56, 57 (pages 90-92) Shannon Schalestock
    5 Nos. 58, 59 (pages 92-93) Leslie Lewis
    6 No. 60 (pages 93-94) Tess Drahman
    7 No. 61 (pages 94-95) Lindsay Rice
    8 No. 62 (page 95) Celeste Wackenhut

Wednesday November 21
THANKSGIVING BREAK

High Renaissance and Mannerism

Wednesday November 28
High Renaissance and Mannerism
Giorgio Vasari (preface to the Third Part of the Lives)
Michelangelo on the subject of Italian and Flemish Painting

Wednesday December 5 Seminar Paper Due
Mannerism and the Rise of the Artist
Mannerism
Rise of the Artist
The Artist's Nature
Born under Saturn

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