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

Prof. Roann Barris

202 Porterfield, x. 6001; email:

SPRING 2013: office hours: M 9 - 3; W 9 - 12; other times by appt


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

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Topic Outline, Key Art Works, and Study Links: (other links may be added throughout the semester; to view image groups, you must go to Artstor)



LINKS, etc. 

Late Medieval Italy (L. 13th to early 14th centuries) :
key artists: Giotto, Duccio, Lorenzetti
themes: a mixture of styles; early humanism

Medieval legacy?

Powerpoint on the Trecento Legacy

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:
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

Italian art and architecture  in the 15th century, slide show

Anatomy and the Artist (powerpoint with narration)

The Spiritual and the Natural (narrated powerpoint)

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

Italian art in the 16th century, pt 1

Venice in the 16th century

The School of Athens (narrated power point)

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


Baroque Italy and Spain (the 17th cent.)
Key artists: Caravaggio, Bernini, Gentileschi; 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

Late Baroque/Rococo/Neoclassicism

From romanticism to realism in Europe and America
themes: art as revolution; the emergence of photography and the  growth of international exhibitions
key artists: Delacroix, Géricault, Ingres, Goya, Constable and Turner, Cole and Church, Courbet, Daumier, Manet, Homer, Eakins, Tanner, Daguerre, Cameron, O’Sullivan

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)
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

FINAL EXAM : MAY 9, 10:15 a.m., 206 MG

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