Art History 337

Fifteenth-Century Italian Renaissance Art

On the Final


Palazzo Ducale,
Venice (under restoration)
Course Description
Course Requirements
Lecture Schedule
On the Paper
The Monuments List
Web Sites and other Sources
News about Italian Renaissance Art
Vasari's Lives of the Artists
Sources for Florence


On the Final:
The 3-2-1 Final

The Final is Tuesday, December 11 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

The Midterm and the Final will use the same format. You will be given 3 questions from which you will choose two to prepare and one to write up in class during the Midterm. You will work up the two essays from any sources you deem useful to compose your own, individual responses. Please note the importance of the last three words of that sentence. You may use any of the resources on reserve, even if they have not been used in class. You may cite individual authors if you wish, and in fact one of the ideas of this essay is that you will demonstrate your own thoughtful reading, but be sure to indicate your sources.

For the Final, you will come into class with two essay topics prepared, as indicated above. You will be given a piece of paper with two of the three questions; you will not know in advance which two of the three will be listed. You will select one of the two listed for your essay. When your essay is completed, you will hand it in with the test paper. If you do not present the paper with the essay you will not receive credit for the exam.

Please discuss 6-8 works of art by 3-5 individual artists.

You may use fifteenth-century works of art that are in the text but were not discussed in class.

The completed essay should be five to six bluebook pages long.

You have two and one-half hours for the Final.


Final Questions

Coverage for the Final: you can use art and artists from any time in the fifteenth century (the coverage of our course). Do not use art or artists from the sixteenth century (except for Leonardo's Mona Lisa. The topics:

  1. Please discuss the different forms and approaches to portraiture during the fifteenth century. Please refer in your essay to Victor Coonin's article (linked on the Lectures page), to at least one Vasari Life, and to the text and lectures.
  2. What did Northern artists and their art bring to fifteenth-century Italian art?
  3. Discuss Donatello: the innovations and many styles of his art throughout his career and two artists (sculptors and/or painters) who were most influenced by him, and how the influence is displayed.


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