This series explores the visual arts through an analytical study of monuments and masterworks, including paintings, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from ancient Greece to the present day. Courses are grouped by period with the goal of establishing visual literacy through in-depth investigations of original works of art. The online class descriptions contain lists of suggested readings (selected original source materials and excerpts from books available at libraries) and films for students to access on their own prior to class; films are available on DVD at libraries or via various internet streaming services. Register for any of the individual in-town lectures or any series that includes in-town lectures plus walking tour. The “Introduction to Visual Literacy” class is strongly recommended as a precursor to any of the subsequent lectures.
This class will focus on the Painting in the Italian Renaissance from Giotto to Raphael
Readings: Alberti, Leon Battista, On Painting (selected excerpts); Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni, Oration on the Dignity of Man (selected excerpts; Castiglione, Baldesar, The Book of the Courtier (selected excerpts); Gombrich, E.H., Symbolic Images (Phaedon Press 1972), Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura and the Nature of its Symbolism,” pp. 85-101; Panofsky, Erwin Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance (Harper and Row 1972), “Introductory;” Vasari, Giorgio, Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects, “Preface to Part II,” and “Life of Raphael;” Letter Appointing Raphael as Inspector of Antiquities in Rome; Wölfflin, Heinrich,, Classic Art, trans.Peter and Linda Murray from the Eighth German Edition (Cornell University Press 1980), Ch. 4, “Raphael.”