ONLINE ART HISTORY COURSE
Constantinople to Caravaggio: Art, Architecture, and History
The fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 marked the official end of the Eastern Roman Empire (better known today as the Byzantine Empire) and the end of the Medieval world. Although this event was catastrophic for the eastern Christian world, it resulted in an extraordinary flowering of culture in the West. This was in part due to the massive influx of uncorrupted Classical knowledge into western Europe, mainly in the form of ancient manuscripts and Byzantine scholars who could translate and explain them. Florence was the first true center of Renaissance Humanism – a movement that sought to revive ancient Greek and Roman thought. But as the papacy began to reassert its political dominance in Italy, Rome eventually became the new early modern capital of Europe for most of the 16th and 17th centuries. This course will explore the circumstances and events that surrounded the fall of Constantinople and its effects on the Renaissance culture of Italy, with particular emphasis given to Florence and Rome.
- To learn to appreciate the rich and influential aspects of Italian art and architecture from the fall of Constantinople through the early Renaissance.
- To bring a historical period to life through a “hands on” approach to the monuments and works produced during this specific period known as the Renaissance.
- To develop the fundamental skills of art historical analysis that include formal analysis and iconographic interpretation.
- To develop an ability to interact in a personal and intimate manner with works of art and their surroundings.
Virtual Classroom: Full access to an online educational platform with discussion forum, videos of recordings, syllabus, and readings.
Credits: Certificate of Completion
Location: LIVE INTERACTIVE ON-LINE ART HISTORY LECTURES
Examination and assignments:
OPTIONAL FINAL EXAM – The format of the exams will consist of short essay analyses.
Readings to be provided to students in PDF format prior to the beginning of course.
Complete syllabus will be provided upon registration.
- ALL LECTURES WILL BE RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE IN OUR VIDEO LIBRARY FOR THE DURATION OF THE COURSE
- PARTICIPANTS ARE FREE TO ATTEND EITHER CLASS TIME