ONLINE ART HISTORY COURSE
Renaissance Popes in the 15th Century: Piety and Patronage
This course will examine the reign and artistic patronage of four early Renaissance popes in the second half of the 15th century who played a critical role in transforming Rome into Europe’s leading cultural center. From Pope Nicholas V who established the Vatican as the seat of papal power, to Pope Pius II who introduced Humanism to the papal court, to Pope Sixtus IV who began to reassert the secular authority of the papacy, to Pope Alexander VI who, despite his less-than-morally-upstanding behavior, was able to further increase the geopolitical sphere of influence of the papacy, these four popes laid the foundation for Rome’s rebirth.
We shall explore the extraordinary art, architecture and history produced during the reign of these four popes to fully understand the roles of papal piety and patronage in Renaissance Rome.
- To bring a historical period to life through a “hands on” approach to the works of art produced through the patronage of four early Renaissance popes.
- To understand the role that the historical context of late 15th-century Rome had on this extraordinary period of artistic production.
- To learn to appreciate the rich and influential aspects of early Renaissance Italian art in Rome at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries.
- 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
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