HISTORY OF ART 4016
CARAVAGGIO & ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI: ART AND IDENTITY
Professor Barbara Haeger
Both Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi were artists who attracted controversy during their lifetimes and whose art was viewed (and continues to be viewed) by many through the lens of the more sensational aspects of lives. In addition, Artemisia’s gender and Caravaggio’s sexual orientation have figured prominently in interpretations of their work in recent decades. This seminar focuses on the key works and favored themes of these two artists in order to explore their artistic and personal identities and the way that the two were intertwined. In addition, it focuses on the way that both situated their art in relation to that of the past and the way that scholars and critics have assessed these relationships. Students will be encouraged to address these issues and favored subjects and themes in research projects concentrating on an artist of their choosing.
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