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Fields of Study: Renaissance/Baroque


Jack Freiberg

Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

Stephanie Leitch

Northern Renaissance Art

Robert Neuman

Baroque and Eighteenth-Century Europe


Course Listing – Renaissance/Baroque

Graduate students generally enroll for 5000-level coursework. Many of these courses are tutorials linked to the parallel 4000-level undergraduate course. It is the general practice that students attend undergraduate lectures as well as fulfill the particular requirements for the 5000-level tutorial.

ARH 5321. Early Italian Renaissance Art: 15th Century (3)

An examination of how social and historical issues influenced the arts during the first great cultural flowering of the Renaissance in Florence, Rome and Venice. Discussion will center on how the requirements of the patron, the vitality of local traditions and the interaction among the arts all contributed to the creation of the new Renaissance vocabulary.

ARH 5322. Later Italian Renaissance Art: 16th Century (3)

This course examines works by the great masters of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Titian, against the backdrop of the social and political realities of the day. Discussion will include the rise of the artist-hero, the sources and meaning of Mannerism and the impact of the religious controversies of the age.

ARH 5340. Northern European Renaissance Art (3)

Developments in northern European fifteenth and sixteenth century art with emphasis on painting and printmaking: Flemish, French, German and Dutch artists.

ARH 5360. Southern Baroque (3)

This course investigates painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and Spain during the seventeenth century, stressing the theatrical, ecstatic and virtuoso character of works produced for royalty, the Church and the rising middle class by such masters as Caravaggio, Bernini and Velazquez.

ARH 5361. Northern Baroque (3)

An examination of the Golden Age of painting, sculpture, and architecture in France, England and the Netherlands, showing how such figures as Rembrandt and Vermeer encoded meaning in works of detailed realism and contributed to the rise of new subjects in art, including still life, landscape and portraiture.

ARH 5363. 18th-Century Art (3)

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture produced in Western Europe during the Enlightenment, with emphasis on the luxurious, sensual art of the Rococo, the rational classicism of the Palladian Revival, the new moral and philosophical image of women and the rise of the decorative arts.

ARH 5725. History of Graphics (3)

A survey of artists and processes in western printmaking from woodcut to silk screen.


Graduate Seminars – Renaissance/Baroque

In addition to these “linked” tutorials, the Department also offers traditional graduate seminars in which students work closely with the professor in small groups. Students may take up to nine (9) semester hours of ARH 6394r. Topics in Renaissance Art and/or up to nine hours of ARH 6398r. Topics in Baroque Art. The subjects of these seminars are varied; recent Renaissance/Baroque seminars include:

Bramante and the High Renaissance:  Examines the life and works of Bramante, artist, architect, engineer, poet and courtier.

Gardens and Landscape Design:  Examines humanity’s construction and manipulation of the physical environment from antiquity to the present.

Rome:  Examines the art and architecture produced in Rome in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries

Baroque Women, Art and Society: Interdisciplinary course on the construction of gender in the 15th through 18th centuries.


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