Decorative Arts of the Renaissance





This is an interdisciplinary survey of Renaissance decorative arts in Europe, with an emphasis on Italy but also covering France, England, Germany, and the Lowlands (1400–1600). A range of media—including woodwork, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and hardstone—is discussed within the context of architecture, painting, and sculpture. Ornament, interiors, and ephemeral decoration are studied, in addition to objects. The course examines style, imagery, material, and function, as well as broader cultural, political, and social themes—for example, various means of cultural exchange, the rise of the palace and domestic arts, the dynamics of economics in the production of decorative arts, the nature of collecting, and the staging and projection of power. 3 credits.