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 explores 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: Upon registration, participants will have full access to an online educational platform with videos of recordings, syllabus, readings and discussion forum. Each lecture lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.
Credits: Certificate of Completion
Access: Students have lifetime and unlimited streaming access to the course content.
Supplemental Readings & Podcasts:
Readings and Podcasts are provided to students to enhance the course experience.