Prerequisite: ART 220 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—as needed/3 credits)
Through the works of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and their Venetian counterparts, this course will examine the major developments in Italian art from 1480 until 1580. It will explore a range of artistic and cultural issues, including the notion of artistic genius, the relationship between the study of nature and artistic invention and the changing status of the visual arts. Close attention will also be given to the political and religious contexts.