ART216  -  Art History Survey II: Renaissance through the 21st Cent.

Dr. R. Barris, Assoc. Prof. and Chair, Art Department

202 Porterfield, x. 6001; email:

class meeting times: M-R 10:30 - 12:45, PF 208


Bernini: Rape of Persephone, 1622-24 Koleichuk: untitled construction, 2010

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Topic Outline, Key Art Works, and Study Links: 

(slide shows and other links will be added in a timely fashion)


Italy in the 14th century: the trecento legacy  (a narrated slide show)

Late Med. and early Renaissance in N. Europe (15th c.)
key artists: Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, other Flemish painters, artists of the Holy Rom. Empire
themes: relig. art for the home; NE portraiture

the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century; architecture in the 15th century

Competitions and Commissions (a narrated slide show)

key artists: Donatello, Ghiberti, Masaccio, Botticelli, Mantegna, Ghirlandaio, Brunelleschi, Alberti
themes: imitation and emulation; patronage and the artist; mature humanism; linear perspective; the Renaissance portrait

Botticelli's panel paintings about Nastagio degli Onesti

Anatomy and the artist (a narrated slide show)

Italy in the 16th century: regional differences and the emergence of a new style (mannerism):
Key artists: Bramante, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo; new roles for the artist
Venetian artists: Bellini, Titian, Palladio; new subject matter and the interest in color [Venetian renaissance]

mannerism; the Counter-reformation; women as artist and patron; key artists: Bronzino, Parmagianino, Fontana, Anguissola, Veronese, Tintoretto: alternatives to the classical Renaissance

Ren. and Mannerism in 16th c. N. E. (and Spain): 
themes: the Protestant reformation, iconoclasm, the cult of portraits, the growth of the market;
key artists: Dürer, Grünewald, Bosch, Holbein, Bruegel

Writing tools: research paper; Revision checklist

Writing  suggestions

Baroque Italy and Spain (the 17th cent.)
Key artists: Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Velazquez; Bernini, Borromini
themes: dynamism and theatricality; a new emotionalism; the restoration of the Church’s power

Baroque Northern Europe
the Treaty of Westphalia; new genres of painting; the middle class consumer; the king’s taste; key artists: Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Hals, Leyster, and Vermeer; key monument: Versailles

French, English and Russian Baroque
From Rococo to Neoclassicism: the 18th cent.
Themes: women and the academy; the pastel portrait in the 18th cent.; artifice, sentimentality and the natural; revolution and enlightenment
key artists: Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, Vigée-Lebrun, Labille-Guiard, Hogarth, Adam, Kauffmann, David, Greenough, Jefferson

From romanticism to realism in Europe and America
themes: art as revolution; key artists: Delacroix, Géricault, Ingres, Goya, Constable and Turner, Cole and Church, Courbet, Daumier, Manet, Homer, Eakins, Tanner

From Architectural Revivals to Architectural Modernism; Photography in the early 19th century: images and text

Impressionism and post-impressionism: late 19th century
themes: new theories of color and optics; an interest in modernity and modern life; the artist’s inner vision
key artists: Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, Caillebotte, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat, Redon, Rodin, Horta

Early 20th century avant-gardes (art before WWII); Dada and Surrealism
key artists: Picasso, Braque, Boccioni, Matisse, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Duchamp
key ideas and styles: cubism, futurism, absolute abstraction, art into life

From modern to postmodern to post-postmodern?  Art since 1945
key movements: abstract expressionism, post-painterly realisms, minimalism, new media