IT2400 Art and Literature in Renaissance Florence
2017-18: Term 1
Convenor: Dr Stefano Jossa
Formative piece 0%; essay 1 30% (1,500-2,000 words); essay 2 70% (2,000-2,500 words)
Florence in the 15th century was one of the most vibrant and innovative artistic and cultural centres in Italy and Europe. The cultural, philosophical and artistic life of Renaissance Florence is the focus of this course which combines the analysis of Renaissance painting, mural decoration and sculpture with that of writings on art from the time. We look in detail at a number of works of world-famous Italian Renaissance artists such a Masaccio, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo. We shall also take a close look at theoretical texts discussing the role of the arts and the comparison between the arts by artists and writers such as Alberti, da Vinci, Aretino and Vasari. The course also includes a guided visit to one of the best collections of Italian Renaissance painting outside Italy, London’s National Gallery.