Description of the Course: This is a survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from about 1300 to about 1575; or, from Giotto to Ghiberti and Donatello to Michelangelo and Titian. Special attention will be paid to the major artists and movements of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Florence, Venice, and Rome, with additional consideration of the arts of the courts.

Goals for the Course Students will gain a detailed overview of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the period of ca. 1300 to ca. 1575 in Italy; they will be able to discourse on topics such as:

Recommended Background: Art History 106 or an equivalent survey of Art History for the period Ancient to Renaissance. Text:

Also: You will read a few articles and some of Vasari's Lives (see schedule). Most of these will be found linked to our Web site.

Index of Art 334 Course Site

Course Requirements
Slide Lists: 1 2 3 4
On the Quizzes
The Midterm
The Paper
On the Final
Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists
List of Art for the Final
General Bibliography
News about Italian Renaissance Art
Now you're ready for Venice!
Survey of the Art of Venice
Visit the Florence course
Florence and the Medici

Course Requirements in Brief:

There will be five quizzes; the one with the lowest score will be dropped and each of the four left will be worth 20 points and each will count 5 percent of your final grade. The midterm and the final are each worth 100 points and count as 40 percent of your final grade. Art History Majors will write a short (five to seven pages) paper instead of taking the Midterm.

The quizzes and the exams will consist of some combination of slide identifications, comparisons, and short essays. Almost all of the material for which you will be responsible will be contained in the texts, or will be on the Web site. There may be a few other images included, which will be posted on the Web site.

Attendance, Absences, and so on. Students are expected to attend class faithfully and to complete the required work on time. There will be penalties for late work. Students are allowed three (3) absences for any reason. From the fourth absence the final grade will be lowered 3 points for each absence. There are no excused absences, except according to University regulations. There are no make-up exams.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE NO-MAKE-UP POLICY These are defined by the University:

Please note that "documentation" refers to a letter on official stationary from the doctor or supervisor involved.

Disability Assistance The University promotes equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accomodations in this course, please notify me and make an appointment immediately with the Disability Resource Center. Please note that I will need a letter from the Disability Resource Center in order to accomodate your situation. Students with disabilities complete the same work as everyone else in the class.

Academic Honesty Students are assumed to be familiar with the University's policies on Academic Honesty. The instructor reserves the right to fail a student in the class for cheating, plagiarism, and other such dishonest activities.


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Illustrations: (Top right) Michelangelo, Doni Madonna, ca. 1503.
 (Bottom left) Masaccio. Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
ca. 1427. Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.  	

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