ARTH413 – Art in the Age of Exploration
Prof. Mónica Domínguez Torres
Seminar Hours: Wednesday 3-6 pm
Seminar Location: 325 Old College
Office Location: 308 Old College
Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1 pm or by appointment
This seminar discusses a variety of European images and collections during the period generally called the "Age of Exploration" (mid-15th century to the mid 17th century). Throughout the course, we will discuss artistic representations of "exotic" lands and peoples by renowned European artists, such as Albert Dürer, Hans Burgkmair, Jan Brueghel, Giovanni Tiepolo, and Pieter Paul Rubens. The last sessions will address the integration of non-European artifacts to early modern collections.
This course satisfies the Arts & Science writing requirement.
There will be three main assignments throughout the term:
The remaining 15% of the final grade would be assessed taking into account attendance and class participation.
Sep 9 A World of Mapping
Sep 16 Conceptualizations of Nature
Sep 30 Picturing the Savage
Oct 7 Race and Representation
Oct 21 Allegories of the Continents
Oct 28 Performing the Other
Nov 4 The Wunderkammer
Nov 11 Visit to the Walters Museum in Baltimore
Nov 18 Student presentations
Nov 25 Student presentations
Dec 2 Student presentations
List of Readings
Š Grafton, Anthony. “Introduction,” in: New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992, pp. 1-10.
Š Fiorani, Francesca. The Marvel of Maps: Art, Cartography, and Politics in Renaissance Italy. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005, pp. 16-59.
Š Lazzaro, Claudia. “Animals as Cultural Signs: A Medici’s Menagerie in the Grotto at Castello” in: Reframing the Renaissance: Visual Culture in Europe and Latin America, 1450-1650. Edited by Claire Farago. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1995, pp. 197-228.
Š Massing, Jean Michel. “Early European Images of America: The Ethnographic Approach” in: Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration. Edited by J. A. Levenson. New Haven/Washington D.C.: Yale University Press, National Gallery of Art, 1991, pp. 514-520.
Š Sullivan, Edward. “Wondrous Objects” in: The Language of Objects in the Art of the Americas. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007, pp. 1-30.
Š Schreffler, Michael. “Vespucci Rediscovers America and the Pictorial Rhetoric of Cannibalism,” Art History 28:3 (2005): 295-310.
Š Gaudio, Michael. “Savage Marks. The Scriptive Techniques of Early Modern Ethnography” in: Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008, pp. 1-44
Š Anonymous (1587). “A Description of the Tupinambá” in: The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Edited by Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti. Durham: Kuke University Press, 1999, pp. 25-32
Š Parker Brienen, Rebecca. “Albert Eckhout's Paintings of the ‘Wilde Natien’ of Brazil and Africa” in: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 53 (2003): 107-137.
Š MacCormack, Sabine. “Limits of Understanding: Perceptions of Greco-Roman and Amerindian Paganism in Early Modern Europe” in: America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750. Edited by Karen Ordahl Kupperman. Chapel Hill: Institute of Early American History and Culture; University of North Carolina Press, 1995, pp. 79-129.
Š Honour, Hugh. “A Land of Allegory” in: New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time. New York: Pantheon Books, 1975, pp. 84-117.
Š Alpers, Svetlana and Michael Baxandall. Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996, pp. 101-166
Š Mullaney, Steven. “The New World on Display: European Pageantry and the Ritual Incorporation of the Americas” in: New World of Wonders: European Images of the Americas, 1492-1700. Edited by Rachel Doggett et at. Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library; University of Washington Press, 1992, pp. 105-113.
Š Verberckmoes, Johan. “Parading Hilarious Exotics in the Spanish Netherlands,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 53 (2003): 53-69.
Š Kenseth, Joy. The Age of the Marvelous. Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art, Darmouth College, 1991, pp. 24-59, 81-101