The Baroque: Art in an Age of Crisis


The late 16th century was a time of crisis and conflict, and change echoed across Europe and its empires. Religious reform, scientific discovery, and political upheaval shook the foundations of early modern society. Yet from this turbulent time, an era of extraordinary artistic achievement emerged, defined by a dynamic new visual language. This course will examine how "the Baroque" became a global language, from its early beginnings in Rome to Spain, France, Flanders and the Dutch Republic, even extending beyond the borders of Europe to Asia and the Americas. In addition to studying leading artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Vermeer and Velázquez, important themes to be considered will include space and spectacle in urban planning; the mundane and profane in still life and genre; collections and curios; the church triumphant; and the portrait. Prerequisite: Intro to Western Art (L01 113).
Course Attributes: FA AH; EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; GF AH; FA HUM; AR HUM

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