This intermediate module will explore the principal developments in painting and sculpture in Venice from c.1470 until c.1580 in their geographical and historical contexts. In order to understand the special characteristics of Venetian art this course will examine the extraordinary topographical, social, economic and political conditions that influenced artistic production in the city.
Study of individual artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione and Titian will be linked to major themes such as the cityscape, the function of the altarpiece, contemporary attitudes to sexuality and the development of the nude, the notion of decorum and its influence on art, the role of ritual and ceremony in the city. The disegno-colore debate will be the focus for discussion of art theory in sixteenth-century Venice, which sought self-definition in contradistinction to Rome and Florence.
By the end of the course students should have acquired:
Cultural and Historical Studies
Module code HOA00012I