Syllabus

 

Schedule of Classes 

 

January 18th  Introduction to Venice: Profile of a City and its Inhabitants

 

              David Rosand Myths of Venice: Figuration of a State, chpt. 1, pp. 6-46

 

January 23rd The Origins of the City: Religious Architecture on the Island of Torcello 

 

              Deborah Howard The Architectural History of Venice, chpt. 2, pp. 7-28

                      and chpt. 3, ‘The Medieval City’, pp. 43-72. 

             *Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade*

 

January 25th The Origins of the City: Basilica San Marco

 

              Peter Humfrey The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice, chpt. 1, pp. 21-29. 

              Michael Jacoff, ‘The Construction of Venetian Identity on the Exterior of San

                      Marco’, in San Marco, Byzantium and the Myth of Venice, pp. 113-150. 

 

January 30th Domestic Architecture: Veneto-Byzantine and Gothic Palaces

 

              Deborah Howard The Architectural History of Venice, chpt. 2, pp. 28-41.

                         also DH, chpt.4, pp. 96-110.

           

February 1st Domestic Architecture: To Live ‘Nobile’  

 

              Patricia Fortini Brown Private Lives in Renaissance Venice, chpt. 3.

 

              **VISUAL ANALYSIS DUE February 8th**

 

February 6th Visual Traditions in Venice: the Gothic and the Guilds

 

              Deborah Howard Architectural History of Venice pp. 90-96, 73-90.

              Patricia Fortini Brown The Renaissance in Venice, chpt. 2,  pp. 39-64.

 

February 8th The Madonna Business: Jacopo Bellini, Model Books, Perspective, and Family Workshops

 

             *Patricia Fortini Brown “The Antiquarianism of Jacopo Bellini” pp.65-84.*

 

Februray 13th

February 15th  Competitive Devotions: Vittore Carpaccio, ‘Vera historia’ and Scuole Paintings

 

               Deborah Howard Architectural History of Venice, pp. 110-115.

               Patricia Fortini Brown Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio, pp. 9-30.

                       and pp. 31-42.

              

February 20th The Scuole of Venice

 

              Patricia Fortini Brown Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio, pp. 135-164.

 

              *Patricia Fortini Brown “Honor and Necessity: the Dynamics of Patronage 

in the Confraternities of Renaissance Venice,” pp. 179-212.

 

February 22nd  Giovanni Bellini: Devotional Imges

 

                Rona Goffen Giovanni Bellini​, pp. 23-64.

                Paul Hills, Venetian Colour, 'Pigments and Colour Preferences in the time of Giovanni Bellini.'

 

March 1st   Giovanni Bellini: Secular Portraits

 

                Rona Goffen Giovanni Bellini, pp. 191-221.

 

March 6th         Quattrocento  Sculpture in Venice

                 

                 Alison Luchs Tullio Lombardo and Ideal Portrait Sculpture in Renaissance 

Venice 1490-1530, Chpt. 2.

 

March 8th MIDTERM

 

Week of March 13th SPRING BREAK

 

March 20th      Quattrocento Architecture in Venice

 

                  Deborah Howard Architectural History of Venice, Chapter 5, pp. 117-59.

 

 

Week of March 22nd  Giorgione: Reinterpreting Pictorial Genres

 

                

                  Jaynie Anderson Giorgione: Painter of Poetic Brevity pp. 17-49.

                  **Dan Lettieri, 'Landscape and Lyricism in Giorgione's "Tempesta"', pp. 55-70.**

      AND Luchs, Giorgione v. Lombardo

 

March 27th    Venice as the New Rome: Jacopo Sansovino

 

            Deborah Howard, Architectural History of Venice, chapter 6. 

 

            ***Johnson, 'Jacopo Sansovino, Giacomo Torelli, and the Theatricality of the Piazzetta in Venice', pp. 436-453.***

 

March 29th   Venice as the New Rome: Sebastiano Serlio

 

             Sebastiano Serlio, On Architecture, Introduction and Book VI

 

             Deborah Howard, 'Sebastiano Serlio's Venetian Copyrights', pp. 512-516.

 

            ***Mario Carpo, 'The Architectural Principles of Temperate Classicism: Merchant Dwellings in Sebastiano

                    Serlio's Sixth Book.***

 

 

April 3rd   Titian: Painter of Venus and Madonna

 

     Research Paper Topic and Bibliography Due

     Frederick Ilchman, 'Venetian Painting in an Age of Rivals', pp. 21-39. 

     

 

 

April 5th   Titian: Painter of Venus and Madonna

 

David Rosand Painting in Sixteenth Century Venice, 'Titian and the Challenge of the Altarpiece' pp. 35-61.

                 Charlie-the Assunta             Libby-the Pesaro altarpiece

 

April 10th Veronese and the Art of Spectacle

 

              David Rosand Painting in Sixteenth Century Venice pp. 107-133. 

              

               Outline of Research Paper Due April 12th at the start of class

            

April 12th  Spirituality and Dynamism: Jacopo Tintoretto

 

             David Rosand Painting in Sixteenth Century Venice pp. 134-164.

 

 

April 17th  Palladio and the Study of Antiquity: Venice

 

               James Ackerman Palladio,

              Deborah Howard Architecture History of Venice pp. 160-173.

 

April 24 RESEARCH PAPER DUE AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

April 26 LAST DAY OF CLASS   Finish up Palladio and the Study of Antiquity: villa culture in the Cinquecento.

 

 

 

 

FINAL EXAM May 8th 10:30-12:30

 

Assignments

 

The goal of this seminar is not only to explore Venice, but also to help you develop analytical tools that will serve you throughout the next four years. To that end, we will focus on class discussions, small writing assignments and critical analysis of your readings in order to help you build these skills and your confidence. 

 

Participation and Article Analysis: 10%

 

Writing Assignments 20%

        Visual Analysis Essay (SLAM) 

        Palace/Parish Project 

 

Midterm 20% 

 

Research Paper

        Abstract and Bibliography 5%

        Draft 5%

        Final 20%

 

Final Exam 20%