History of Art 4541: 17th-century Art in Italy: The Age of Caravaggio

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HISTORY OF ART 4541: AGE OF CARAVAGGIO

Professor Christian Kleinbub

Just before the year 1600, Caravaggio exploded on the Italian art scene and transformed painting in ways that were unthinkable to earlier generations of artists. Yet Caravaggio’s images—and the revolutionary painting, sculpture, and architecture produced by some of his younger contemporaries like Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Artemisia Gentileschi—changed the way art and architecture looked not only in Italy, but also in Spain and other parts of Catholic Europe, too. Often emphasizing real-world situations, intense emotion, and artistic virtuosity, the new Baroque style spoke with apparent directness about faith, society, and politics. But while it often seemed to show the unvarnished truth, Caravaggio’s revolution had its detractors, too, es­pecially among those who missed the idealization of the previous century. As such, Baroque art embodies a friction between realism and idealism that matches the extreme intellectual, religious, and social tensions of this convulsive period of European history. This course will attempt to present Baroque art in context, giving equal weight to both the darkness and brilliance of the age.

SPRING 2021
Class # 33136

INSTRUCTION MODE: ONLINE AND SYNCHRONOUS

MON & WED 3:55 - 5:15