How can we 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 Londinium 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?
Visits to current exhibitions, London museums (including print rooms and object handling), and travel (on all-school field trips or independently) will provide opportunities for students to examine these questions of exchange.
This course may also be registered as HST 300.2.
Syracuse Art History majors and minors: This course can be counted towards the Art History major but cannot be applied towards the distribution requirements for the major. Students may also petition it to count towards their Art History minor.
Department: Art History
Semesters: Fall, Spring