Transalpine Renaissances


Fall 2011


5th Floor Classroom


Andrew Morrall,

Deborah L. Krohn

Covering the period between 1400 and 1650, with an emphasis on comparisons between Italy, Germany, France, England, and the Low Countries, this survey course examines arts and ideas in a variety of media, including both the decorated interior and the built environment. After an introduction to the concept and meaning of the Renaissance, we will move through a series of themes that will encompass major monuments of decorative arts and design such as: Florence of the Medici; Burgundian Court Art; Mannerism in France: Fontainebleau; Tapestry comes to Florence, Ceramic Arts: Maiolica and the Pursuit of True Porcelain; The Rise of the Portrait and Burckhardt's Individual; Inside and Outside: Villa Culture and the Cultivation of Nature; The Printing Press as an Agent of Change; Humanism, Civility and Domestic Culture; Courtly Collecting. The class will be taught seminar style and there will be a research paper and at least one oral report. 3 credits.