This course explores the Arts of Italy—especially the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Renaissance Florence—from the perspective of problem solving. In the first class held each week, we study how artists addressed specific topics, such as limitations imposed by the physical setting, special requests made by clients, the need to project an image of clients or their views, concept development, modelling, and branding by artists and clients. In the second class each week, usually held on site in museums, churches, and palaces, we explore case studies of problem-solving by Renaissance artists. Students thus learn a design-led approach to problem solving, see how it was used in the past, and apply it to projects or papers created during the semester.
Priority is given to students enrolled in the Design program.
Course fee: A fee (2016 fee = $110) will be billed from Syracuse to cover the costs of required Florence site visits.
Department: History of Art