ARTH213: Art of the Northern Renaissance


 

 

 

Text Box: Professor: 			Mónica Domínguez Torres
(MonicaDT@UDel.edu)

Teaching Assistant:  	Isabelle Havet (ihavet@UDel.edu)

Lecture Hours: 		MW 3:35-4:50 pm

Lecture Hall: 			WHL006

Office Hours: 		M 2-3 or by appointment 

Office Location: 		308 Old College

  BOSCH, Hieronymus
(b. ca. 1450, 's-Hertogenbosch, d. 1516, 's-Hertogenbosch)

Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (detail)
c. 1500
Oil on panel
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The picture shows a detail of the central panel, representing the Bird Wedding (aft

 

 

 

 


Course Description | Textbook | Calendar | Grading | Research Resources | ARTstor


 

 

 

 


 

Course Description

 

This course surveys the artistic developments in Northern Europe around 1350-1600, from their late medieval foundations to the art of the early modern cities. Pieces by Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Holbein, and Pieter Bruegel, among others, will be discussed within the context of contemporary working conditions, artistic patronage, courtly life, religious climate, and scientific developments. The course will explore major cultural and historic events such as the Protestant Reformation and the discovery of the Americas, and will look at how these events widened intellectual and religious horizons. The works range from tapestries, altarpieces and illuminated manuscripts to churches, palaces and civic architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Textbook

 

·      Jeffrey Chipps Smith, The Northern Renaissance. London: Phaidon Press (Art and Ideas Series), 2004.

 

 

 


 

Calendar

 

 

Sep 7

Introduction

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 4-12

 

 

Sep 12, 14

The Beholder’s Eye: Art, Artists and the Marketplace

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 13-32

 

ARTstor images: Beholder

 

 

Sep 19, 21

An Emerging Reality: Court Art and the ars nova

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 33-66

 

ARTstor images: Reality

 

 

Sep 26, 28

Pride of Place: Art in the Cities

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 67-92

 

ARTstor images: Pride

 

 

Oct 3, 5

Tangible Success: Early Portraits and Domestic Art

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 93-118

 

ARTstor images: Portraits

 

 

Oct 10

First Exam

 

 

Oct 12, 17

The Inner Gaze: Private Devotional Art

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 119-146

 

ARTstor images: Private

 

 

Oct 19, 24

The Well-Dressed Church: The Materialization of Faith

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 147-196

 

ARTstor images: Church

 

 

Oct 26, 31

Dancing with Death: The Art of Dying Well

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 197-238

 

ARTstor images: Death

 

 

Nov 2, 7

Mass Communication: Prints and Printmaking

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 239-272

 

ARTstor images: Prints

 

 

Nov 9

Second Exam

 

 

Nov 14, 16

Theatre of the World: Exploring Nature and Human Nature

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 309-350

 

ARTstor images: Nature

 

 

Nov 21

Reading Pictures: The Reformation Challenge

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 351-380

 

ARTstor images: Reformation

 

 

Nov 28, 30

Beyond Mere Craft: The Knowledgeable Artist

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 273-308

 

ARTstor images: Artist

 

 

Dec 5

The Artist and the Connoisseur: Courts, Cities and Collectors

 

Reading: Smith, pp. 381-408

 

ARTstor images: Courts

 

 

Dec 7

Third Exam

 

 

 

 

 


 

Grading

 

·      There will be three (3) exams throughout the term, each worth 20%. See dates in the calendar above.

·      There will also be a short research paper worth 30%. Deadline: Nov 21, 2011. Instructions are found in the assignments section of Sakai.

·      The remaining 10% of the final grade would be assessed taking into account attendance and class participation.

 

 

 

 


 

Research Resources

 

 

Reference books at Morris Library:

·      Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art (New York, 2005)

·      Sarah Carr-Gomm, The Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art (New York, 1995)

·      Irene Earls, Renaissance Art: A Topical Dictionary (New York, 1987)

·      James Hall, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art (various editions)

·      Matilde Battistini & Stephen Sartarelli, Symbols and Allegories in Art (Los Angeles, 2005)

·      Rosa Giorgi & Stefano Zuffi, Angels and Demons in Art (Los Angeles, 2005)

·      Chiara de Capoa & Stefano Zuffi, Old Testament Figures in Art (Los Angeles, 2003)

·      Stefano Zuffi, Gospel Figures in Art (Los Angeles, 2003)

·      Rosa Giorgi, Stefano Zuffi & Thomas M. Hartmann, Saints in Art (Los Angeles, 2003)

·      Lucia Impelluso, Stefano Zuffi & Thomas M. Hartmann, Gods and Heroes in Art (Los Angeles, 2003)

·      Lucia Impelluso, Nature and its Symbols (Los Angeles, 2004)

·      Erika Langmuir, The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists (New Haven, 2000)

·      Peter and Linda Murray, The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (various editions)

 

 

Books in reserve at Morris Library:

·      Harbison, Craig. The Mirror of the Artist: Northern Renaissance Art in its Historical Context. New York, NY: H.N. Abrams, 1995.

·      Nash, Susie. Northern Renaissance Art. London: Oxford University Press, 2008.

·      Snyder, James. Northern Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, the Graphic Arts from 1350 to 1575. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.

·      Stechow, Wolfgang (ed.). Northern Renaissance Art, 1400-1600: Sources and Documents. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1989.

 

 

Image Databases

·      ARTstor (requires connection from the UD network or UDel proxy connection)

·      Art History Resources on the Web: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe and Spain

 

 

Reference Resources

·      The Grove Dictionary of Art (requires an UDel proxy connection)

·      The Catholic Encyclopedia

·      Britannica Online (requires an UDel proxy connection)

·      Roman Catholic Saints by Name