Art of Renaissance Venice

Fall 2018

ARTHIST 190FS-01 | MEDREN 190FS-01 | ITALIAN 190FS-01

Kristin L. Huffman

W 1:25-3:55pm | Nasher Museum Seminar Rm 119

The course presents an expansive picture of the art and society of Renaissance Venice. Residents, both individually and collectively, fashioned an image of the city as unprecedented and exceptional through art and architecture. Venice was indeed unique— a city built on water— and sponsors commissioned works of art as a way to promote the city as unparalleled in beauty, splendor, and glory. The thriving economy and possibility for work attracted some of the most important artists practicing at the time, including Titian, Veronese, and Jacopo Sansovino. While advancing the city’s claims, these artists quickly learned how to capitalize on visual language for self-promotion and career advancement; patrons did too. The class considers a range of artistic patronage, a spectrum of artistic commissions, and a number of the most celebrated Renaissance artists.

This course is part of the Scientists, Artists, and Lawyers of Medieval and Renaissance Europe 2018 FOCUS cluster.