Starting in the late 1400s, artists created identities for themselves through their innovative styles, as well as their writings, dress, and behavior. During the same period, the so-called “High Renaissance,” most important works were commissioned by patrons who used art to create their own public identity. Focusing on paintings and sculpture, we first explore how two great rivals, Leonardo and Michelangelo, developed different styles and conceptions of art. We then consider how Raphael and other artists—male and female—defined themselves in relation to these protagonists. Other topics include how religious and civic leaders, as well as private individuals, transmitted messages through their commissions, and the creation of new aesthetic and erotic ideals for men and women.
Registration restriction: Students may not register for both this course and HOA 320.
Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover the costs of a day trip to Venice, an overnight trip to Rome with the All-School field trip, and Florence site visits (2017–2018 fee = $245).
Department: History of Art