Visual communications always presuppose a widespread understanding of a visual “code” shared by members of a given society. Today’s magazine ads, posters and billboards are the direct descendants of the visual language codified in the Renaissance and Baroque period. This course looks at how art media of all kinds (painting, prints, decorated furniture, etc.) constructed not only gender relations and social roles, but also religious and political identity in Italy between circa 1450 and 1650. At the same time, this course explores the continuity of visual constructions dealing with these same issues in the late 20th/early 21st-century, especially in advertisement (commercial, social and political). Cross-listed with CRS/HST/WGS 451.
Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover the costs of Florence site visits (2017–2018 fee = $70).