What does it mean to read works of art as historical objects of cultural, commercial and geographical exchange? Using a variety of methodologies, such as biography, feminist history, museum studies and social and economic history, this course explores the many exchanges between Italy and England that occurred from the foundation of Londonium ca. 43 CE to the 20th-century British curators and donors who filled their new museums with Italian art. How do such exchanges reflect the aesthetic interests of maker and patron, and the wider socio-political and economic environments in which they were created?
Exploration of London museums, as well as travel on the all-school field trips or independently will also provide opportunities for students to examine these questions of exchange.
Syracuse art history majors/minors: This course can be counted towards the art history major but it cannot be applied towards the distribution requirements for the major. Students may also petition it towards their art history minor.
Department: Art History
Semesters: Fall, Spring