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

Prof. R. Barris, Assoc. Prof. and Chair, Art Dept.

  202 Porterfield, 831-6001; email:

office hours: mornings (until 1 on M and W; until 10:45 on T and R)


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

Topic Outline, Key Art Works, and Study Links [grades, important dates and announcements will be posted in D2L] Note: sometimes I make changes to the PDF files -- check before class for the most recent version of the 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

Intro and Northern Europe in the 15th cent. (slide show)

the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century and Giotto's legacy
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

Anatomy and the Artist (powerpoint with narration)

The Spiritual and the Natural (narrated powerpoint)

Medici family patronage (narr. pp)

Italy in the 16th century: regional differences and the emergence of a new style
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

Venice in the 16th century

The School of Athens (narrated power point)

[16th cent. continued] mannerism; the Counter-reformation; women as artist and patron; key artists: Bronzino, Parmagianino, Fontana, Anguissola, Veronese, Tintoretto; alternatives to the classical Renaissance


Late Renaissance 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

                                     SUMMING UP THE RENAISSANCE

the 17th century: Baroque Italy and Spain 
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, constructivism

From modern to postmodern to post-postmodern? global currents in the 21st century
Art since 1945; key movements: abstract expressionism, post-painterly realisms, minimalism, new media

FINAL EXAM : Dec. 12, 10:15, 206 MG

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